University of Macau (UM) successfully passed the rigorous evaluation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China and obtained the approval for establishing the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI (SKL-AMSV) in 2011. SKL-AMSV is financially supported by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) and UM. The objectives of SKL-AMSV is to establish an excellent R&D platform in the area of advanced analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems that meet the State and international standards. SKL-AMSV focuses on cutting-edge research projects which are important in the development and advances of various electronics systems including Data conversion and signal processing, Wireless communication, Biomedical engineering and Integrated Power ICs. SKL-AMSV published 163 international journal papers, 203 international conference papers, 9 books or book chapters, and 29 patents were granted.
The most significant result of the SKL-AMSV team is the continuous contribution of 33 papers/chips in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 2011 to 2019, which is the flagship conference of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society that serves as a premier forum, and the topmost world-benchmark conference, for presenting advances in solid-state circuits. AMSV has published 33 papers in this period, 6 papers in 2017, 7 papers in 2018, and 8 papers in 2019. Considering the first affiliation, from the publication in 2017 (6 papers) and 2018 (7 papers), AMSV is ranked the 3rd and 5th correspondingly in the World. AMSV published 8 papers in 2019 and is ranked 2nd in the World, next only to Intel.
AMSV has nurtured 42 Ph.D. graduates since the founding of the laboratory in microelectronics research. Many of them have been employed by the leading companies and institutes in the field all over the world. Besides academic careers at UM as professors, associate professors, assistant professors and UM Macao Fellow, graduates of the AMS-VLSI Lab have been employed by leading companies and institutes in the field, such as Synopsys, Qualcomm, Silicon Labs, Marvell Technology Group, STMicroelectronics, Huawei, Solomon Systech, MediaTek, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
AMSV also obtains 50 international and national awards, including the first awardee of the National Science and Technology Progress Award and the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Award from Macao. The awards also include 8 Macau Scientific and Technology Invention Awards in 2012 to 2018, 2 Business Awards of Macau in 2013 and 2014, and 3 Honorary Title of Value from Macao SAR, IEEE SSCS Best Chapter Award and CASS Best Chapter Award, 1 ISSCC Far-East Best Paper Award, 2 ISSCC Silk-Road Awards, and 5 IEEE SSCS Pre-Doctoral Achievement Awards. There are 1 Academician of Portuguese Academy of Sciences (in Lisbon), 1 Overseas Expert of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 3 IEEE Fellows and 1 IET Fellow. One of the IEEE Fellow is the first native of Macao to receive this prestigious honor.