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Chairman's Message

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to be a part of the 2017 IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (CSICS).  For our 39th year, CSICS will be held on Sunday October 22 to Wednesday October 25 in Miami, Florida.  We’re happy to be co-located with the BCTM, and hope that attendees from both events gain knowledge about our shared technologies. (BCTM) will be hosted in the same hotel October 19-21, allowing many chances to experience the world of Compound Semiconductors and IC Design in one venue.   

From CSIC’s origins in 1978 as an international gathering for distinguished experts to present their latest results in GaAs IC technology and Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit design, the symposium has grown to embrace GaN, InP, SiGe, nanoscale CMOS, and many other emerging technologies. This convergence allows CSICS to offer a perfect blend of state of the art IC performance, innovative design techniques, and advanced device technologies. There are no other events in the world where you can see GaN HPAs, InP THz PAs, 100 Gb/s CMOS/SiGe transceivers, GaN HEMT power devices, and advances in compact modeling all presented with each other.

CSICS will include presentations from worldwide submissions on all aspects of the technology, from materials and device fabrication and modeling to IC design and testing, high-volume manufacturing, and system applications. It will also feature the very latest results in RF/microwave, millimeter-wave, THz, analog mixed signal, and optoelectronic integrated circuits.

On Sunday October 22nd, CSICS will offer topical short and primer courses.  Taught by leading experts, the short courses are intended for both technologists and IC designers who seek a comprehensive understanding of the latest industry trends and techniques.   The primer courses are intended to be tutorials which introduce key concepts, techniques and practices for RF circuit design.  Combined with BCTM’s Short Course offerings on Saturday, October 21st, this rounds out an entire weekend of great learning opportunities.

As a complement to the technical program, the symposium includes numerous social events that allow participants to interact and network in a relaxed setting. These include the Sunday Evening Opening Reception, the Monday Evening Exhibition Opening Reception, and the Technology Exhibition Luncheon on Tuesday. CSICS also offers a daily breakfast and AM/PM coffee breaks on Monday through to Wednesday.

We would like to thank the efforts of the many dedicated volunteers on the CSICS organizing committee and the generous support of the IEEE Electron Devices, Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Solid-State Circuits Societies.  Finally, I look forward to interacting with the BCTM Executive and Program Committees in 2017 as we all work towards our CSICS/BCTM conference merger in 2018!

Jim Carroll, Chair