Digital Circuits and VLSI

RICE research on digital integrated circuits and VLSI spans high-performance processors, FPGAs, to energy-efficient accelerators covering applications in digital communication, low-power IoT devices, and cloud computing. We are actively investigating emerging computing paradigms and electronic technologies.

Research Labs

The Secure and Intelligent Micro-Systems (SIMS) Lab @ Rice University, led by Prof. Kaiyuan Yang, creates integrated circuits and micro-systems to enable emerging low SWaP-C (size, weight, power, and cost) electronics, with particular emphasis on hardware intelligence and security through cross-layer innovations. Targeted applications include internet of things, healthcare, and neuroengineering.

Professor Cavallaro, in collaboration with Professor Behnaam Aazhang, is developing parallel architectures for code division multiple access (CDMA) wireless communication systems. This involves the use of parallel arrays of DSP/FPGA processors and custom VLSI processor architectures.

Towards bringing powerful machine-learning systems to our daily-life devices, the Efficient and Intelligent Computing (EIC) Lab at Rice University explores techniques that highlight a holistic optimization of algorithm-, system-, and application-level opportunities.