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Warren Anderson

warren anderson1Warren Anderson is currently a Fellow at AMD's Boston Design Center, where he works on high-speed I/O and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection design. Warren leads a team designing I/O and ESD circuits and developing technology for high-speed off-chip signaling on AMD's microprocessors.

Prior to joining AMD, Warren worked for Intel in Hudson, MA where he managed a team developing the specifications for advanced link signaling technologies. Prior to Intel, he worked for Hewlett Packard and Compaq Computer as part of the Alpha Development Group. While at HP and Compaq, he designed the ESD protection for all Alpha products. He also led the I/O design team for the Alpha EV79 microprocessor, designed the Rambus I/O interface for the Alpha EV7 microprocessor, and worked on the production debug of the EV6, EV7, and EV79 I/O. From 1993 to 1998, he worked in the Advanced Semiconductor Technology Development group at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was responsible for ESD and latch up protection design on all of the company's semiconductor products.

Warren's areas of expertise include I/O circuit design, I/O jitter modeling and performance prediction, ESD protection, and signal integrity. His publications include numerous papers on ESD protection design as well as contributions to three books: the second edition of ESD in Silicon Integrated Circuits and chapters on I/O and ESD design in the books Design of High-Performance Microprocessor Circuits and High Performance Energy Efficient Microprocessor Design. His conference publications include three ISSCC presentations describing Alpha microprocessors and several papers on ESD design at the ESD Symposium. He has delivered lectures on ESD and I/O circuit design through the University of California Berkeley Extension and the ESD Symposium tutorials. Warren holds 11 patents on ESD protection devices, circuits, and I/O design techniques.

Warren told us of another ESD related accomplishment that he is very proud of, the creation of the troubleshooting ESD failures tutorial. Participants have to apply the knowledge that they gained in other tutorials to find the root cause of actual ESD qualification failures, most of which, unfortunately, come from first-hand experience. "I wanted the format for the tutorial to be interactive, with participants exchanging ideas for what the source of the real problem could be with each other. The actual failures took several weeks to debug, but we would only have about 15 min. to work through each one in the classroom, so it was a challenge to get the mix of background information correct so that there was enough to allow participants to figure out the solution while not giving it away." This tutorial, run by Hans Kunz, is now one of the core device design tutorials at the workshop. From 2000 to 2006, Warren was a co-instructor for the University of California, Berkeley extension course on ESD in integrated circuits.

As an ESDA volunteer, Warren has been involved in the Symposium technical program committee, a tutorial instructor, on the IEW management committee, and is the 2011 IEW management committee chair.

warren anderson2"Serving on a technical program committee is a great way for me to keep abreast of the latest findings and research on component level ESD protection design. Interactions through TPC and workshop committee meetings have connected me with other ESD engineers, establishing a good rapport and leading to informative discussions on a variety of topics." Warren said.

Warren received his Ph.D. in 1993 in applied physics from Yale University for research on low-temperature measurements of MOS transistor properties. He received a B.A. in physics from Carleton College, Northfield, MN and a M.S. in applied physics from Yale University.

Warren lives in Boxborough, MA, with his wife Janet, and their children, Elizabeth and Ben. The Anderson family shares a common interest in music. Both kids play the violin. Although they take formal lessons in classical music, they really enjoy Scottish fiddling. They have won awards at the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle competition. Warren plays the trumpet and runs a 10 piece amateur jazz group, doing some composing and arranging as time allows. The family also enjoys the outdoors. Janet leads a Girl Scout troop and Warren is involved the leadership of a Boy Scout troop.