John F. McDonald
Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Yale University, 1969
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Yale University, 1965
B.S., Electrical Engineering, The Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, 1963
McDonald joined Rensselaer's Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Department in 1974 after spending five years teaching in Yale University's
Engineering and Applied Science Department. He also briefly served
as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories. McDonald
was a founding member of the Rensselaer Center for Integrated Electronics
(CIE) in 1980, where he continues to serve as a professor and researcher.
A senior member of the Institute for Electrical
and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), McDonald has published 240 articles,
including about 80 journal articles. He holds ten patents and has
a number of additional disclosures. He is listed in Marquis Who's
Who of America, Who's Who of the World, and a dozen other compendia
of professional recognition.
McDonald's broad research interests include communications theory,
coding theory, encryption, digital signal processing, computer hardware
design, applications of image processing to electron beam lithography
proximity correction, focused ion beam micromachining, multi-chip
HF packaging, high interconnection modeling, low-k dielectrics,
high-k dielectrics, and field programmable gate arrays. He is also
involved with very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuit design
with special emphasis on heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBT),
as well as with metal-semiconductor-field-effect-transistor (MESFET)
and modulation-doped field effect transistor (MODFET) technology.
His most recent research focuses on SiGe HBT bipolar
complementary metal oxide semiconductor (BiCMOS) design and its
applications to wireless circuits; ultra wide band, high-speed processor
design; landed Internet circuits; broadband data transfer; operations
at liquid nitrogen temperature; asynchronous circuits; and single-event
upset (SEU) tolerant SiGe circuit design. In addition, he is conducting
research on 3-D laminated circuit stacking using the wafer bonding
J.J. Senkevich, C.J. Mitchell, A. Vijayaraghavan, E.V. Barnat, J.F.
McDonald, and T.-M. Lu, "Unique Structure/Properties of Chemical
Vapor Deposited Parylene E," Journal of Vacuum Science Technology
(4), 1445-1449, (July/August 2002).
S. Steidl and J.F. McDonald, "A 32-Word
by 32-Bit Three-Port Bipolar Register File Implemented Using a SiGe
HBT BiCMOS Technology," IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits,
(2), 228-236, (February 2002).
J.F. McDonald, B.S. Goda, S.R. Carlough, R.P.
Kraft, and T.W. Krawczyk, "SiGe HBT BiCMOS Field Programmable
Gate Arrays for Fast Reconfigurable Computing," Institution
of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Proceedings Computers and Digital
Techniques, 147, (3), 189-194,
(June 20, 2000).
S.R. Carlough, R.A. Philhower, C.A. Maier, S.A.
Steidl, P.M. Campbell, A. Garg, K.-S. Nah, M.W. Ernest, J.R. Loy,
T.W. Krawczyk, P.F. Curran, R.P. Kraft, H.J. Greub, and J.F. McDonald,
"A 2-GHz Clocked AlGaAs/GaAs HBT Byte-Slice Datapath Chip,"
IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, 35,
(6), 885-894, (June 2000).
B.L. Halpern, P. Komarenko, P.D. Fuqua, J.F. McDonald,
G.-R. Yang, J. Fortin, B. Wang, J. Diao, H.Q. Lu, M. Tomozowa, I.
Matthew, R. Kraft, H. Bakhru, A. Kumar, and T.M. Lu, "Properties
of Parylene-N Using Atomic Hydrogen Enhanced Jet Vapor Deposition,"
International Journal of Dielectrics for ULSI Multilevel Interconnections,
1, (1), 32-45, (February 2000).
A. Kumar, H. Bakhru, B. Wang, J. Fortin, G.R.
Yang, J. McDonald, and T.M. Lu, "Study of Fluorine Diffusion
in Metallized Polymers using Ion Beam Techniques,'' Materials
Chemistry and Physics, 59,
136-138, (June 1999).
M.S. Krishnamoorthy, J. Loy, and J.F. McDonald,
"Optimal Differential Routing Based on Finite State Machine
Theory,'' Journal of VLSI Design, 9,
(2), 105-117, (1999).
J.F. McDonald, A. Garg, Y.L. LeCoz, H.J. Greub,
R.B. Iverson, R.F. Philhower, P.M. Campbell, C.A. Maier, S.A. Steidl,
M.W. Ernest, R.P. Kraft, S.R. Carlough, J.W. Perry, and T.W. Krawczyk,
"Accurate High-Speed Performance Prediction for Full Differential
Current-Mode Logic: The Effect of Dielectric Anisotropy,'' IEEE
Transactions on Computer Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and
Systems, 18, (2), 212-219,
J.F. McDonald, L. You, G.-R. Yang, C.-I. Lang,
J.A. Moore, P. Wu, and T.-M. Lu, "Vapor Deposition of Parylene-F
by Pyrolysis of DiBromoTetraFluoro-p-Xylylene," Journal
of Vacuum Science and Technology A, 11,
(6), 3047-3051, (Nov./Dec. 1993).
J.F. McDonald, H.J. Greub, T. Yamaguchi,
and T. Creedon, "Cell Library for Current Mode Logic Using
an Advanced Bipolar Process," IEEE Journal of Solid-State
Circuits, special issue on VLSI, (D. Bouldin, guest editor),
IEEE Transactions on Solid-State Circuits, JSSC
26, (5), 749-762, (May 1991).
John F. McDonald
6123 Low Center for Industrial Innovation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
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