Broadband Communications Chip Technology: Enabling the Connected World of the 21st Century

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Henry Samueli
Chief Technical Officer, Broadcom Corporation Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, U.C.L.A.

Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


The broadband revolution is upon us. High-bandwidth connectivity will dramatically change the way we live and work. Within the home, broadband services are being driven by both the television and the personal computer.

The availability of digital program content is transforming the television into a fully interactive appliance, while the availability of multimedia-rich data services on the Internet is driving demand for high-bandwidth remote access PC connections via cable and xDSL modems.

In the office, there is an ever-increasing need for high-bandwidth communications to accommodate the explosive growth in network connections worldwide. Local area network technologies, such as Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet, are being developed to relieve bandwidth bottlenecks.

Satisfying the demand for these broadband services has required significant advances in the levels of mixed-mode IC integration. Deep submicron technologies have enabled cost-effective multi-million transistor ASIC's with multi-billion operations per second of signal processing capabilities that would have occupied racks of hardware only a few years ago. As a result, broadband digital communications is being transformed from specialized military applications to commodity consumer products.

This presentation reviews current designs and future design challenges for achieving the ambitious goal of universal broadband connectivity.


Henry Samueli was born in Buffalo, NY, on September 20, 1954. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1975, 1976, and 1980, respectively.

From 1980 to 1985 he was with TRW, Inc., Redondo Beach, CA where he was a Section Manager in the Digital Processing Laboratory of the Electronics and Technology Division. His group was involved in the hardware design and development of military satellite and digital radio communication systems. From 1980 to 1985 he was also a part-time instructor in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA. In 1985 he joined UCLA full-time where he is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. His research interests are in the areas of digital signal processing, communications systems engineering, and CMOS integrated circuit design for applications in high-speed data transmission systems. In 1988 he co-founded PairGain Technologies, Inc., Tustin, CA, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and in 1991 he co-founded Broadcom Corporation, Irvine, CA, an integrated circuit supplier to the broadband communications industry. Since 1995 he has been on leave of absence from UCLA while serving full-time as Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom where he is responsible for all research and development activities for the company.

Dr. Samueli is the recipient of the 1988/1989 TRW Excellence in Teaching Award of the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Meritorious Paper Award of the 1991 Government Microcircuit Applications Conference, the 1995 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, and the Jack Kilby Best Paper Award from the 2000 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. He received the 1999 Engineer of the Year Award from the Orange County Section of the IEEE and in 2000 he was elected Fellow of the IEEE "for contributions to VLSI architectures and realizations for high bit-rate digital communication systems."