Application Specific Intelligent Computing Laboratory (ASIC)


Ajey Jacob

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Ajey Jacob is the director of the Application Specific Intelligent Computing (ASIC) Lab, a research group at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), University of Southern California. Ajey Jacob brings 16 years of industry research, development, and manufacturing experience from Intel Corporation and GLOBAFOUNDRIES (GF) to ISI. Ajey primarily focuses on materials, devices, and integration aspects of the technology. Before joining ISI in October 2019, Ajey Jacob started and managed its differentiating technology research group for the GF worldwide R&D. In this capacity, Ajey Jacob researched More than Moore differentiating and disruptive elements such as silicon photonics, non-volatile memory (MRAM, FeRAM, RRAM), for a plethora of applications such as transceivers, embedded memory, advanced logic, neuromorphic computing at its advanced fab in Malta, NY. Dr. Jacob has also served GF in various other capacities such as leading the exploratory device and integration research group (sub 14 nm technology node), and the pathfinding integration research program (10 & 7 nm node) for the IBM Alliance in Albany, NY. Until 2011, Ajey Jacob worked as a senior research scientist for Intel corporation’s component research organization. At Intel, Ajey managed two industry-sponsored strategic research consortia for next-generation CMOS devices and materials “Western Institute of Nanoelectronics” (WIN) and “Functional Engineering in Nano Architectonics” (FENA) and many other Intel-sponsored research projects. Ajey Jacob has also been a device engineer supporting the high-volume manufacturing of the 90 nm technologies at Intel and 28 nm technology at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Ajey Jacob received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Chalmers University of Technology/Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2002. Ajey Jacob has more than 150 USPTO issued/accepted patents, more than 50 patents pending approval from USPTO. He has also published three book chapters, more than 75 journals, and conference papers in a wide area of scaled and differentiating technologies.

At GF, Ajey Jacob was conferred the tile of Master Inventor from the years 2017 to 2020. In 2013’ and 2016’ Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) awarded Ajey Jacob with the Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison Award. Ajey Jacob is currently serving as a committee member for the IEEE Electronics Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) Silicon Photonics Session and International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics (FCMN). Ajey Jacob is also the co-chair for the MIT/AIM Photonics monolithic integration session of the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap (IPSR).


Akhilesh Jaiswal

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Akhilesh Jaiswal is a Research Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering. He also serves as a computer scientist with ASIC Lab at the Information Sciences Institute. His current research interest includes device-circuit co-design using existing and alternate state variables for future electronic systems. Prior to USC/ISI, Dr Jaiswal served as a Senior Research Engineer for Technology Solutions Group at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. As a Senior Engineer he worked on developing compact device model for MRAM based AI in-memory compute circuits and enabling AI acceleration through hybrid photonic-electronic neuro-mimetic devices. Akhilesh received his Ph.D. degree in Nano-electronics from Purdue University in May 2019 under supervision of Prof. Kaushik Roy and Master’s degree from University of Minnesota in May 2014. As a part of doctoral program his research focused on 1) Exploration of bio-mimetic devices and circuits using emerging non-volatile technologies for Neuromorphic computing. 2) CMOS based analog and digital in-memory and near-memory computing using standard memory bit-cells for beyond von-Neumann AI/ML acceleration. Akhilesh was an intern with GLOBALFOUNDRIES Differentiating Technology Lab, Malta, in summer of 2017 and with ARM Devices-Circuits-System Research Group, Austin, in summer 2018. He has authored over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences including Nature, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Physics Review Applied, Scientific Reports, Journal of Applied Physics, IEEE-TVLSI, IEEE TED, IEEE TCAS, IEEE JETCAS, IEEE Mag. Letters etc. Dr. Jaiswal has 8 issued patents with USPTO and over 15 pending patents.