Associate Professor, Director, First Year

Contact InformationDavid Nairn

Phone: 519-888-4567 x37294,519-888-4567 x33754
Location: E5 4007,E2 1778C

Biography Summary

David Nairn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

His research is focused in the electronic circuit field, including analog and mixed signal circuit design, analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and digital-to-analog converters (DACs). In addition to his research, Professor Nairn has published work for several conferences and IEEE.

Research Interests

  • Analog and Mixed Signal Circuit Design
  • Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs)
  • Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs)
  • Circuit Design & VLSI

Education

  • 1989, Doctorate, PhD, University of Toronto

Courses*

  • ECE 140 - Linear Circuits
    • Taught in 2014
  • GENE 123 - Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
    • Taught in 2014, 2015
  • ECE 242 - Electronic Circuits 2
    • Taught in 2014, 2015
  • ECE 240 - Electronic Circuits 1
    • Taught in 2016
  • ECE 740 - Special Topics in Electronic Circuits
    • Taught in 2018
  • ECE 444 - Integrated Analog Electronics
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Shah, Jaspal Singh and Nairn, David and Sachdev, Manoj, A 32 kb Macro with 8T Soft Error Robust, SRAM Cell in 65-nm CMOS, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 62(3), 2015, 1367 - 1374
  • Shah, Jaspal Singh and Nairn, David and Sachdev, Manoj, An energy-efficient offset-cancelling sense amplifier, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, 60(8), 2013, 477 - 481
  • Eissa, Haitham and Salem, Rami Fathy and Arafa, Ahmed and Hany, Sherif and El-Mously, Abdelrahman and Dessouky, Mohamed and Nairn, David and Anis, Mohab, Parametric DFM Solution for Analog Circuits: Electrical-Driven Hotspot Detection, Analysis, and Correction Flow, IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, 21(5), 2013, 807 - 820
  • Hai, N and Nairn, DG, A capacitor scaling and capacitor sharing technique for reducing power dissipation in algorithmic ADCs, Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, 71(2), 2012, 333 - 335
  • Nairn, David G, Cascode loads and amplifier settling behavior, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, 59(1), 2012, 44 - 51
  • Nairn, DG, Analytic step response of MOS current mirrors, IEEE transactions on circuits and systems. 1, Fundamental theory and applications, 40(2), 1993, 133 - 135
  • Li, David and Rennie, David and Chuang, Pierce and Nairn, David and Sachdev, Manoj, Design and analysis of metastable-hardened and soft-error tolerant high-performance, low-power flip-flops, Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), 2011 12th International Symposium on, January 2011, 1 - 8
  • Nairn, David G, A 10-bit, 3 V, 100 MS/s pipelined ADC, Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, 2000. CICC. Proceedings of the IEEE 2000, January 2000, 257 - 260
  • Nairn, DG, A 130 μW DAC for low-power video systems, Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, 1994., Proceedings of the IEEE 1994, January 1994, 511 - 514
  • Nairn, David G and Salama, C Andre T, Ratio-independent current mode algorithmic Analog-to-Digital converters, Circuits and Systems, 1989., IEEE International Symposium on, January 1989, 250 - 253
  • Nairn, David G, Time-interleaved analog-to-digital converters, 2008 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, (Accepted in 2008)