About the Authors

Nicola Da Dalt received the M.S. degree from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree from RWTH Aachen, Germany, in 2007, both in electrical engineering, with distinction.

From 1996 to 1998 he was with CSELT, Turin, Italy, as a concept engineer for architectures and synchronization of data transmission networks, also involved in the design of satellite communication equipment. From 1998 to 2015 he was with Infineon Technologies, Villach, Austria, as Lead Principal engineer for analog mixed-signal design, and manager of the Clock and Interface Systems group. In this role he was responsible for the development of clock generation units and high-speed serial interfaces for different applications, ranging from wireline, to memory, data converters, and wireless. In 2015 he joined Altera Corporation (now part of Intel Corporation), San Jose, California, as Analog Engineering Manager for the development of high-speed serial interfaces for FPGA applications.

Dr. Da Dalt served on the Wireline Subcommittee of the ISSCC from 2011 to 2015. He is the  recipient of  the 2010 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award for his pioneering work on digital bang-bang PLLs, and the recipient of the 2017 ISSCC Outstanding Forum Speaker Award. He has co-authored over 30 journal and conference papers and 12 granted patents.

Ali Sheikholeslami received the B.Sc. degree from Shiraz University, Iran, in 1990 and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1994 and 1999, respectively, all in electrical engineering.

In 1999, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto where he is currently Professor and Associate Chair, Research. He was on research sabbatical with Fujitsu Labs in 2005-2006, and with Analog Devices in 2012-2013. His research interests are in analog and digital integrated circuits, high-speed signaling, and VLSI memory design. He has coauthored over 70 journal and conference papers, 10 patents, and a graduate-level textbook with Nicola Da Dalt entitled “Understanding Jitter and Phase Noise”.

Dr. Sheikholeslami served on the Memory, Technology Directions, and Wireline Subcommittees of the ISSCC in 2001-2004, 2002-2005, and 2007-2013, respectively. He currently serves as the Education Chair for both ISSCC and SSCS, and as a member of SSCS Administration Committee. As the SSCS Education Chair, he overseas the SSCS Distinguished Lecturer Program, Webinars, Circuit Contests, and other educational activities. He is an Associate Editor for the Solid-State Circuits Magazine, in which he has a regular column entitled “Circuit Intuitions”. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE TCAS-I for 2010-2012, and the program chair for the 2004 IEEE ISMVL.

Dr. Sheikholeslami has received numerous teaching awards including the 2005-2006 Early Career Teaching Award and the 2010 Faculty Teaching Award, both from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada.