Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | The Semiconductor Advancement and the Analog IC Design Dilemma

28 April 2021, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Image of Integrated circuit board chip

Dr Hesham Omran, assistant professor at Ain Shams University, Egypt, will discuss advances in approaches to IC circuit design including The Analog Designer’s Toolbox (ADT), an analog EDA tool that defines a new paradigm in analog IC design

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

The Semiconductor Advancement and the Analog IC Design Dilemma

The integrated circuit (IC) technology has witnessed an exponential advancement in the last decades and has changed every aspect in our life. Despite several expectations of the demise of Moore’s law throughout the previous two decades, the number of transistors that can be integrated on a single chip continued to increase.

On the other hand, the analog IC design flow did not experience any major change since the introduction of Berkeley SPICE in the 1970s, posing significant challenges to the design of complex systems and to the transfer of analog design expertise and knowledge.

The Analog Designer’s Toolbox (ADT) is an analog EDA tool that addresses this problem by defining a new paradigm in analog IC design. ADT provides a turnkey solution that enables everyone to reap the benefits of the gm/ID design methodology powered by precomputed lookup tables (LUTs). At the device level, ADT Device Xplore gives an easy interface to plot arbitrary design charts involving complex expressions.

At the block level, ADT Design Xplore gives the designer the power of design space exploration, constraints management, live tuning, and optimization, all in a single cockpit without invoking the simulator. The aim of ADT is to boost productivity, restore designer’s intuition, and make the design process systematic, optimized, and fun!

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Izzat Darwazeh

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

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Webinar ID: 976 4553 9871
Password: Will be distributed to ICCS members, others are welcome to join and the password can be requested by email.

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About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

If you wish to suggest a future topic or speaker please use the link below, speakers could be from academia, industry, within ICCS/UCL or from further a field.


The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Dr Hesham Omran

Assistant Professor at Integrated Circuits Laboratory, Ain Shams University

Dr. Hesham Omran received the B.Sc. (with honors) and M.Sc. degrees from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2007 and 2010, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, in 2015, all in Electrical Engineering. From 2008 to 2011, he was a Design Engineer with Si-Ware Systems (SWS), Cairo, Egypt, where he worked on the circuit and system design of the first miniaturized FT-IR MEMS spectrometer (NeoSpectra), and a Research and Teaching Assistant with the Integrated Circuits Lab (ICL), Ain Shams University. From 2011 to 2016 he was a Researcher with the Sensors Lab, KAUST. He held internships with Bosch Research and Technology Center, CA, USA, and with Mentor Graphics, Cairo, Egypt. In 2016, he rejoined the ICL, Ain Shams University, as an Assistant Professor. He co-founded Master Micro in 2020 to develop the Analog Designer’s Toolbox (ADT), a winner of the Egyptian ITIDA-TIEC startup incubation program.

Dr. Hesham has developed and taught several advanced courses on Analog IC Design, Computer-Aided Circuit Design, Analog Integrated Systems Design, CMOS Data Converters, RF Circuit Design, and Digital IC Design. He delivered these courses to undergraduate students, graduate students, and professional engineers in several institutes and companies inside and outside Egypt. Most of these courses are available on the Mastering Microelectronics YouTube channel for free.

Dr. Hesham has received several awards including the Egyptian State Encouragement Award for Engineering Sciences in 2019, best paper award from the IEEE International Design and Test Conference in 2009, and Academic Excellence Awards from KAUST and Ain Shams University in 2011 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Hesham has published 40+ papers in international journals and conferences. He serves as a reviewer for several international journals and conferences including IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (TCAS) I & II, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, and IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (TVLSI). His research interests are in the design of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, and especially in analog and mixed-signal CAD tools and design automation.


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