Neil Weste

Neil Weste

Neil H. E. Weste (born 1951), is an Australian inventor and engineer, noted for having designed a 2-chip wireless LAN implementation and for authoring the textbook Principles of CMOS VLSI Design. He has worked in many aspects of integrated-circuit design and was a co-founder of Radiata Communications.

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Life

Weste grew up in the Riverland Region of South Australia. He received a BSc in Physics in 1974, a BE in 1976, and a Ph.D. in 1978, all from the University of Adelaide. Weste worked at a number American technology firms, including Bell Telephone Laboratories, Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, Symbolics, Agile Systems, and TLW. He was also at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

In 1995 he returned to Australia as a professor at Macquarie University. In 1997 he started Radiata Communications with David Skellern where the first 802.11a chip was designed. The company was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2001.[1] After the acquisition, Weste remained with Cisco for 2 years and then founded NHEW R&D, a technology-investment and consulting firm that he continues to manage.

In 2011, Weste joined a small company called OzRunways to help develop aviation mapping applications for the Apple iPad.

Inventions

Weste has 14 U.S. patents to his name, including a number of methods for doing wireless communication in CMOS integrated circuits.

In 1998, Weste produced a CMOS chipset for the IEEE 802.11a wireless LAN. He did the conception, managed the project, and participated in the design.

CMOS Textbook

Weste's textbook, Principles of CMOS VLSI Design (initially coauthored with Kamran Eshraghian[2][3] but now coauthored with David Harris[4][5]) is a standard textbook in integrated-circuit design courses. It has been translated into Japanese, Greek, and Chinese.

Other Publications

  • Weste, N., "MULGA-An Interactive Symbolic Layout System for the Design of Integrated Circuits," in The Bell System Technical Journal, Vol. 60, No. 6, July-Aug. 1981, pp. 823–857.
  • Weste, N. and B.D. Ackland, "The Edge Flag Algorithm - A Fill Method for Raster Scan Displays," IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol. C-30, No. 1, Jan. 1981, pp. 41–48.
  • Weste, N., D.J. Burr, and B.D. Ackland, "Dynamic time warp pattern matching using and integrated multiprocessing array," IEEE Trans. on Computers, Vol. C-32, Aug. 1983, pp. 731–734.
  • Weste, N. and J. Mavor, "M.O.S.T. Amplifiers for Performing Peripheral Integrated-Circuit Functions," IEEE Journal on Circuits and Systems, Electronic Circuits and Systems, Vol. 1, No. 5, Sept. 1977, pp. 165–172.
  • Weste, N., D.J. Burr, and B.D. Ackland, "Array Configurations for Dynamic Time Warping," IEEE Proc. Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Vol. ASSP-32, No. 1, Feb. 1984, pp. 119–128.
  • Weste, N. and P. Kollaritsch, "TOPOLOGIZER: An Expert System Translator of Transistor Connectivity to Symbolic Cell Layout" IEEE JSSC, Vol. SC-20, No. 3, June 1985, pp. 799–804.
  • Leonard, J., N. Weste, L. Bodony, S. Harsto,n and R. Meaney, "A 66-MHz DSP-Augmented RAMDAC for Smooth-Shaded Graphic Applications," IEEE JSSC, Vol. 26, No. 3, March 1991, pp. 217–228.
  • Edwards, B., A. Corry, N. Weste, and C. Greenberg, "A Single Chip Video Ghost Canceller," IEEE JSSC, Vol. 28, No. 3, March 1993, pp. 379–383.
  • Skellern, D.J., L.H.C. Lee, T. McDermott, N.H.E. Weste, J. Dalton, J. Graham, T. Wong, A.F. Myles, T.M.P. Percival, and P.J. Ryan, "A high-speed wireless LAN," Micro, IEEE, Vol. 17, Issue 1, Jan.-Feb. 1997, pp. 40–47.
  • Weste, N. and D.J. Skellern, "VLSI for OFDM," Communications Magazine, IEEE, Vol. 36, Issue 10, Oct. 1998, pp. 127–131.
  • Harrison, J. and N. Weste, "A 500 MHz CMOS anti-alias filter using feed-forward op-amps with local common-mode feedback," Solid-State Circuits Conference, 2003. Digest of Technical Papers. ISSCC. 2003 IEEE International, Vol. 1, 9-13 Feb. 2003, pp. 132–483.
  • Harrison, J. and N. Weste, "350 MHz opamp-RC filter in 0.18 um CMOS," Electronics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 6, 14 March 2002, pp. 259–260.

Miscellaneous

  • Weste is married to Avril Weste; they have three daughters and 4 grand-daughters.

References

  1. ^ http://www.tvp.com.au/portfolio/news/Emotiv-PR-March2007.pdf
  2. ^ Weste, Neil and Eshraghian, Kamran, Principles of CMOS VLSI Design - A Systems Perspective, Addison-Wesley, MA, 1985
  3. ^ Weste, Neil and Eshraghian, Kamran, Principles of CMOS VLSI Design - A Systems Perspective, 2nd Edition Addison-Wesley, MA, 1993
  4. ^ Weste, Neil and Harris, David, Principles of CMOS VLSI Design - A Circuits and Systems Perspective, 3rd Edition Addison-Wesley, MA, May 2004
  5. ^ Weste, Neil and Harris, David, Principles of CMOS VLSI Design - A Circuits and Systems Perspective, 4th Edition Addison-Wesley, MA, 2010
  6. ^ http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/fellows/chronology/fellows_1996.html#W

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