Russell P. Kraft
Senior Project Manager, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1983
M. Eng., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1978
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1976

Career Highlights:

Kraft joined the research staff of the Center for Integrated Electronics (CIE) in 1995. He currently also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department (ECSE) as well as the Computer Science Department.

He spent the previous nine years as senior project manager for the Center for Manufacturing Productivity at Rensselaer. Before joining the university, he served as a senior controls engineer for the research and development division of Mechanical Technology Inc., in Latham, N.Y. for four years. While a student at Rensselaer, Kraft also taught courses in the ECSE department for two years.

Kraft has published over 40 conference articles and 13 journal articles. He has seven other articles in preparation and three in review in the Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) area. Kraft has two patents in the computer-vision area for non-contact gauging and is co-author of several publications in machine vision, ultrasonic imaging, phased array design, homomorphic signal processing and control system design.

Research Areas:
For the past several years, Kraft has been affiliated with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) integrated circuit design project for Fast Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) design using GaAs/AlGaAs Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor (HBT) technology. This project is now fully involved in many aspects of the new IBM SiGe HBT/CMOS technology through several generations of their commercially available and unreleased design kits, which permit (VLSI) at tens of gigahertz clock speeds. The high speed circuits being designed have been expanded to include field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), field programmable analog arrays (FPAAs), analog to digital converters (ADCs), serializer/deserializer (SERDES) communications circuits, single event upset (SEU) tolerant logic, and clockless logic.

Kraft has extensive skills using COMPASS Tools, CADENCE Integrated Circuit Design System, and MENTOR Computer Aided Design Tools. His specialty is in evaluating the impact of interconnections on architecture. He is certified to use Rensselaer's class 100 clean room, where he has been involved in the design and process development of a new 3D chip stacking process for higher integration and faster digital circuits.

Kraft has a broad background in research in robotics, control systems analysis and design, ultrasonic imaging, phased array design, digital and analog signal processing (linear signals or images), as well as pattern recognition. Additionally, he has practical experience in computer interfacing, integration, networking, and real-time application programming on multiprocessor systems.

His background in control theory has been applied to the design and fabrication of complete working systems while managing teams of engineers, technicians, and students, both graduate and undergraduate. He has also been involved with projects that integrated servo controlled xyz and theta stages, analog data acquisition boards, robots, and other special function peripherals with microprocessor controllers and has directed as well as participated directly in the development of the dedicated software used to drive all the components.

Selected Publications:
D. Gupta, A.M. Kadin, R.J. Webber, I. Rochwarger, D. Bryce, W.J. Hollander, Y.U. Yim, Channakeshav, R.P. Kraft, J.-W. Kim, and J.F. McDonald, "Integration of Cryocooled Superconducting Analog-to-Digital Converter and SiGe Output Amplifier," in review, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Applied Superconductivity.

I. Fidan, S. Tumkor, and R.P. Kraft, "The Development of an Electronic Manufacturing Knowledge Base – Case Study: Fine Pitch SMT Laser Soldering," accepted by the IEEE Journal of Electronics Manufacturing.

J.R. Guo, C. You, K. Zhou, M. Chu, B.S. Goda, R.P. Kraft, J.F. McDonald, "A Scalable 2 V, 20 GHz FPGA using SiGe HBT BiCMOS Technology," Eleventh International Symposium on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (ISFPGA), Monterey, Calif., (February 2003).

J.-Q. Lu, Y. Kwon, A. Jindal, K.-W. Lee, J. McMahon, G. Rajagopalan, A.Y. Zeng, R.P. Kraft, B. Altemus, B. Xu, E. Eisenbraun, J. Castracane, J.F. McDonald, T.S. Cale, A. Kaloyeros, R.J. Gutmann, "Processing Technology for High Density Multifunctional Integration (HDMI) using Wafer Bonding and Monolithic Inter-Wafer Interconnection," (invited), Proceedings of 19th International VLSI Multilevel Interconnection (VMIC) Conference, 445-454, Singapore, (November 2002).

K. Zhou, Channakeshav, J.-R. Guo, C. You, J. Mayega, B.S. Goda, M. Chu, Y. U. Yim, J.-W. Kim, P.F. Curran, R.P. Kraft, and J.F. McDonald, "Implementation of Gigahertz 1-bit Full Adder on SiGe FPGA," 2002 Military and Aerospace Programmable Logic Devices (MAPLD) International Conference, Laurel, Maryland, (September 2002).

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 Jr., P.F. Curran, R.P. Kraft, H.J. Greub, and J.F. McDonald, "A 2GHz Clocked AlGaAs/GaAs HBT Byte-Slice Datapath Chip," IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits, 35, 6, 885-894, (June 2000).

B.S. Goda, J.F. McDonald, S.R. Carlough, T.W. Krawczyk Jr., and R.P. Kraft, "SiGe HBT BiCMOS FPGAs for Fast Reconfigurable Computing," Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Proceedings, Computers and Digital Techniques, 147, (3), 189-194, (May 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.P. Kraft, T.M. Lu, H. Bakhru, and A. Kumar, "Properties of Parylene-N Using Atomic Hydrogen Enhanced Jet Vapor Deposition," Journal on Dielectrics for ULSI Multilevel Interconnection, Institute for Microelectronics InterConnection (IMIC), 1, 1, 29-42, (Fall 1999).

I. Fidan and R.P. Kraft, "Integrated User Interface Design for Electronics Remanufacturing Systems," Proceedings of 24th IEEE/CPMT IEMT Symposium, 54-63, Austin, Texas, (October 1999).

A. Garg, Y.L. Le Coz, 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, T.W. Krawczyk, and J.F. McDonald, "Accurate High-Speed Performance Prediction for Full Differential Current-Mode Logic: The Effect of Dielectric Anisotropy," IEEE Transactions on CAD, 18, (2), 212-219, (February 1999).

Contact Information:
Russell Kraft
Center for Integrated Electronics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, N.Y. 12180
(518) 276-2765

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