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 A, 20,
(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, 37,
(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
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, (February 1999).
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,
(5), 749-762, (May 1991).
John F. McDonald
6123 Low Center for Industrial Innovation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, N.Y. 12180
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