High-performance Reconfigurable Systems

February 12, 2010
Professor Rajit Manohar
Cornell University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering


I will describe some of the trends in VLSI design, and how increasing transistor counts have led to improvements in performance. Projections today predict we will be able to design chips with 50B devices. What do we do with all these devices? This talk looks at reconfigurable systems, and examines some of the challenges and opportunities in developing solutions to meet the demands of high-performance applications, and transferring them to industry.


Rajit Manohar Rajit Manohar is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell, where his group conducts research on asynchronous design. He received his B.S. (1994), M.S. (1995), and Ph.D. (1998) from Caltech, and has been on the Cornell faculty since 1998. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, three best paper awards, six teaching awards, and was named to MIT technology review's top 35 young innovators under 35. He co-founded Achronix Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company developing high-performance FPGAs.