TECH EXPERT
Dr Ng Kian Ann

Dr Ng Kian Ann

Assistant Professor

DigiPen Institute of Technology

EXPERTISE:
Electronics - Product Design & Development, Prototype Build
LOCATION:
Singapore

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Ng Kian Ann has 20 years of experience in integrated circuits (IC) design and applications. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an office-bearer in the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (Singapore Chapter). He also participates in the IEC TC 47 - Semiconductor Devices standards committee.

Before joining DigiPen, he held senior technical positions with STMicroelectronics, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (now GlobalFoundries), and Oxford Semiconductor (now part of Broadcom) from 2000 to 2009. During this time, he designed many of the integrated circuits (IC) inside microchips we use every day, such as contactless smartcards, USB1.1 to USB 3.0, Firewire, CMOS image sensors, and ESD/IO circuits. He also briefly consulted for the IC design community from 2009 to 2010.

After that, he held various research positions in National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2010 to 2020. During his time at NUS spent in Electronic and Biomedical research, he and his team developed wearable, IoT-based EEG/Neurological front-ends that are currently used by the National University Hospital and NUS' research laboratories. He holds 5 U.S. patents and has authored/co-authored more than 30 technical journals and conference proceedings.

PORTFOLIO

High Performance Analog IPs and SoCs Developed for Local and Overseas IC Companies

Industrial/Biomedical Design to Silicon Verification

  1. RFID interface & USB 1.1 & 2.0 Phy. for smart cards at 180nm CMOS (with patents)
  2. GPIO library for 90nm CMOS process with up to 4.5kV HBM ESD protection (with patent)
  3. 5 Gbps transmitter for USB 3.0 using 65 nm CMOS process (Design only)
  4. CMOS image sensor at 180nm CMOS for medical application
  5. Fully implantable biosignal acquisition System-on-chip at 180nm CMOS (with patents)
  6. Analog/Mixed IC design (IP and system level)
  7. System product design and verification
  8. ESD Circuit design and testing

Expertise Provided
  • Electronics - Product Design & Development, Prototype Build
Wearable Biosignal Acquisition System for Hospital and Home Use

Development of the full system, including the wearable device, cloud-based application, data display & retrieval:

  1. Product specification, design, and verification
  2. Ultra low noise (<10 uVpp) Analog front end design with 15 kV ESD robustness
  3. Biomedical instrumentation
  4. Power management design for wearable devices
  5. IEC 60601-1 and IEC 60601-1-2 compliance

Expertise Provided
  • Electronics - Product Design & Development, Prototype Build
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