Thomas H. Lee (engineering professor)

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Thomas H. Lee
Residence United States
Nationality American
Alma mater MIT
Known for CMOS, microwave
Awards Ho-Am Prize in Engineering (2011)
Scientific career
Fields Electrical Engineering
Institutions Stanford University
Thesis A fully integrated, inductorless FM receiver
Doctoral advisor James Kerr Roberge (MIT)

Thomas H. Lee is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. [1] Lee's research focus has been on gigahertz-speed wireline and wireless integrated circuits built in conventional silicon technologies, particularly CMOS; microwave; and RF circuits. [2]

Stanford University private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

Leland Stanford Junior University is an American private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top universities.

Integrated circuit electronic circuit manufactured by lithography; set of electronic circuits on one small flat piece (or "chip") of semiconductor material, normally silicon

An integrated circuit or monolithic integrated circuit is a set of electronic circuits on one small flat piece of semiconductor material that is normally silicon. The integration of large numbers of tiny transistors into a small chip results in circuits that are orders of magnitude smaller, cheaper, and faster than those constructed of discrete electronic components. The IC's mass production capability, reliability and building-block approach to circuit design has ensured the rapid adoption of standardized ICs in place of designs using discrete transistors. ICs are now used in virtually all electronic equipment and have revolutionized the world of electronics. Computers, mobile phones, and other digital home appliances are now inextricable parts of the structure of modern societies, made possible by the small size and low cost of ICs.

CMOS technology for constructing integrated circuits

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Things about Stuff is a popular freshman course, taught by Lee. This course tells stories behind the greatest inventions, including the telephone, the television and the transistor. [3]

He has written and co-authored several books and papers, and in 2012, concluded a tour of duty as the director of DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office.

DARPA agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.

The Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is one of seven current organizational divisions of DARPA, an agency responsible for the development of new technology for the United States Armed Forces. It is sometimes referred to as the Microelectronics Technology Office.

Early life and education

Lee received his S.B. (1983), S.M. (1985) and Sc.D. (1990) degrees in electrical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. The institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, but more recently in biology, economics, linguistics and management as well. MIT is often ranked among the world's top five universities.

He was also awarded an Honoris Causa doctorate from the University of Waterloo in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to wireless technology. [4]


Lee joined Analog Devices in 1990 where he was primarily involved in the design of high-speed clock recovery devices. In 1992, he joined Rambus Inc. where he developed high-speed analog circuitry for 500 megabyte/s CMOS DRAMs. He has also contributed to the development of PLLs in the StrongARM, Alpha and AMD K6/K7/K8 microprocessors.

Lee joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1993. In 1994 he founded the Stanford Microwave Integrated Circuits Laboratory.

In 1998, Lee cofounded Matrix Semiconductor (acquired by Sandisk in 2006). He founded ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip Technology) and is a cofounder of Ayla Networks. [5]

Microchip Technology company

Microchip Technology Inc. is an American publicly-listed corporation that is a manufacturer of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP integrated circuits. Its products include microcontrollers, Serial EEPROM devices, Serial SRAM devices, embedded security devices, radio frequency (RF) devices, thermal, power and battery management analog devices, as well as linear, interface and wireless solutions. Examples of these solutions include USB, zigbee, MiWi, LoRa, SIGFOX and Ethernet.

Lee was director of DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office from April 2011 to October 2012. [6]

Since early 2016, he has served on the Board of Directors of Xilinx. As of 2018, he holds more than 60 U.S. patents.

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  5. "Ayla Networks raises $5.4M to connect everything". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  6. "Bio: Dr. Thomas Lee". DARPA Microsystems Technology Office. Archived from the original on 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
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