Nicolas Constantin

Nicolas Constantin
Professeur
Degrees B.Ing. (ÉTS), M.Sc.A. (Polytechnique Montréal), Ph.D. (McGill)
Office A-2579
Presentation

Département de génie électrique

Research interests:

  • Information and Communications Technologies

Research areas:

  • Analog and RF integrated circuits
  • Mixed mode circuits in discrete technologies
  • RF microelectronics and microwaves circuits for wireless communication
  • RF transmitters and receivers
  • Test methods for analog and RF circuits and systems, in IC technologies and discrete components
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2012 25th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE)
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80e Congrès de l'Association Canadienne et Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences
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2012 25th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE)
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80e Congrès de l'Association Canadienne et Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences
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IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE)
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IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC)
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IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, 2007
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Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
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IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)
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IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, 1995
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Proceedings of the COMSOL conference
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18th IEEE International New Circuits and Systems Conference (NEWCAS)
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COMSOL Conference
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IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)
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2014 IEEE 27th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE)
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27th International Conference Radioelektronika (RADIOELEKTRONIKA)
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IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, RWS
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2013 IEEE 13th Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems, SiRF 2013 - RWW 2013
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2013 IEEE Topical Conference on Power Amplifiers for Wireless and Radio Applications (PAWR)
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Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference, CEEA 2012
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2016 Global Symposium on Millimeter Waves (GSMM) & ESA Workshop on Millimetre-Wave Technology and Applications
Courses and support services

Courses

ELE105 Circuits électriques (Winter 2021)
ELE105 Circuits électriques (Fall 2020)
SYS811 Microélectronique analogique (Fall 2020)

Assistance to students

Thèse de doctorat (recherche appliquée)

    CMOS-Integrated Sensing and Control Techniques for Performance and Reliability Enhancement of High Current and High Volage Input/Output Interfacing for Avionic Applications, by Fotoohi Piraghaj,Sudabeh.
    Summer 2021

    Introducing Positive Envelope Feedback - A New Method for Linearity Improvement in Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Power Amplifiers, by Sharma,Smarjeet.
    Winter 2020

    Circuits électroniques micro-ondes pour antenne reconfigurables au sein de systèmes de communication de satellites, by Berthiaume,David.
    Winter 2021

    Co-directed by: Constantin, Nicolas
    Management of Electrical and Thermomechanical Constraints in High Density Reconfigurable Power Systems, by Nobert,Gabriel.
    Summer 2021

Mémoire à 30 crédits

    Co-directed by: Nerguizian, Vahé
    Régulateur de tension CMOS à faible consommation de courant et bas voltage pour amplificateurs RF intégrés, by Ayissi Eyebe,Guy François Valery.
    Winter 2012

    Co-directed by: Kouki, Ammar B.
    Prédistorsion NARMA d'un amplificateur de puissance RF à caractéristique non monotone et conception d'une plateforme de prédistorsion flexible, by Thibodeau,Alexandre.
    Summer 2014

    Détecteur d'enveloppe à faible courant et 100 MHZ de bande passante et caractérisation de son fonctionnement avec un amplificateur RF de puissance en technologie CMOS 0.18 UM à 1.88 GHZ, by Berthiaume,David.
    Winter 2015

    Caractérisation et linéarisation d'amplificateur de puissance RF par prédistorsion numérique dans un contexte d'appareils mobiles, by Nobert,Gabriel.
    Winter 2017

    Co-directed by: Nabki, Frédéric
    Conception d'un SAR-ADC de 10/13-bit à 83kS.s-1 avec fonction de dithering, by Sauvé,Quentin.
    Summer 2017

    Co-directed by: Cowan, Glenn
    A High-Voltage Multi-Purpose on-the-Fly Reconfigurable Half-Bridge Gate Driver for GaN HEMTs in 0.18-um HV SoI CMOS Technology, by Ly,Nam.
    Summer 2020

    Millimeter-wave Antenna Selection Switch Using Advanced CMOS Technologies, by Pham,Hoai Tan.
    Summer 2020

Rapport technique à 6 crédits

    Conception d'un banc de caractérisation d'amplificateurs RF, by Hammouch,Omar.
    Summer 2014

Projet d'application à 15 crédits

    Caractérisation expérimentale de la communication sans fil dans une mine souterraine et intégration au modèle de simulation pour la conception d'un réseau de communication souterrain, by Zhang,Tao.
    Summer 2017

Publications
Conference proceeding (21)

Nam Ly, Nueraimaiti Aimaier, Abdul Hafiz Alameh, Yves Blaquière, Glenn Cowan, Nicolas G. Constantin. 2020. « A high voltage multi-purpose on-the-fly reconfigurable half-bridge gate driver for GaN HEMTs in 0.18-mum HV SOI CMOS technology ». 18th IEEE International New Circuits and Systems Conference (NEWCAS) (Montréal, QC, Canada, June 16-19, 2020) p. 178-181. Piscataway, NJ, USA : IEEE.

Quentin Sauvé, Damien Favre, Gabriel Morin-Laporte, Mohammad Taherzadeh-Sani, Nicolas Constantin, Frederic Nabki. 2017. « A calibration-free 13-bit 0.9 V differential SAR-ADC with hybrid DAC and dithering ». IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) (Baltimore, MD, USA, May 28-31, 2017) Piscataway, NJ, USA : IEEE.

Smarjeet Sharma, Nicolas G. Constantin, Yasser Soliman. 2017. « Positive envelope feedback for linearity improvement in RFIC PAs ». 27th International Conference Radioelektronika (RADIOELEKTRONIKA) (Brno, Czech Republic, Czech Republic, Apr. 19-20, 2017) IEEE.

David Berthiaume, Smarjeet Sharma, Nicolas Constantin. 2016. « Low current, 100MHz bandwidth envelope detector for CMOS RFIC PAs ». IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) (Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 15-18, 2016) Piscataway, NJ, USA : IEEE.

Ke Wu, Pascal Burasa, Tarek Djerafi, Nicolas Constantin. 2016. « Millimeter-wave identification for future sensing, tracking, positioning and communicating systems ». 2016 Global Symposium on Millimeter Waves (GSMM) & ESA Workshop on Millimetre-Wave Technology and Applications (Espoo, Finland, June 6-8, 2016) IEEE.

Pascal Burasa, Nicolas Constantin, Ke Wu. 2015. « Low-Power Injection-Locked Zero-IF Self-Oscillating Mixer for Self-Powered Millimeter-Wave Identification (MMID) Active Tag in 65-nm CMOS ». IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC) (Phoenix, AZ, USA, May 17-19, 2015) p. 259-262. IEEE.

S. Sharma, Nicolas Constantin. 2014. « An algorithm for IMD computation in automated tests of RFIC power amplifiers ». 2014 IEEE 27th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) (Toronto, ON, Canada, May 4-7, 2014) Piscataway, N. J., USA : IEEE.

A. Thibodeau, Ammar Kouki, Nicolas Constantin. 2013. « NARMA-based linearization of RF power amplifiers with non-monotonic response under dynamic hardware reconfiguration ». IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, RWS p. 85-87. IEEE Computer Society.

A. Thibodeau, Ammar Kouki, Nicolas Constantin. 2013. « NARMA-based linearization of RF power amplifiers with non-monotonic response under dynamic hardware reconfiguration ». 2013 IEEE 13th Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems, SiRF 2013 - RWW 2013 (Austin, TX, USA, Jan. 21-23, 2013) p. 51-53. Washington, D. C., USA : IEEE Computer Society.

Alexandre Thibodeau, Ammar B. Kouki, Nicolas Constantin. 2013. « NARMA-based linearization of RF power amplifiers with non-monotonic response under dynamic hardware reconfiguration ». 2013 IEEE Topical Conference on Power Amplifiers for Wireless and Radio Applications (PAWR) (Santa Clara, CA, USA, Jan. 20-23, 2013) p. 49-51. Piscataway, NJ, USA : IEEE.

Guy Ayissi Eyebe, Vahé Nerguizian, Nicolas Constantin. 2012. « A low current CMOS voltage regulator including RF desensitization for RFIC power amplifiers ». 2012 25th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) (Montreal, QC, Canada, Apr. 29-May 2, 2012) Washington, DC : IEEE Computer Society.

Guy Ayissi Eyebe, Vahé Nerguizian, Nicolas Constantin. 2012. « Régulateur CMOS fonctionnant à basse tension et à faible consommation de courant pour amplificateurs RF intégrés ». 80e Congrès de l'Association Canadienne et Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences (Montréal, QC, Canada, 7-11 mai 2012) L'Association Canadienne et Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences.

David Berthiaume, Nicolas Constantin. 2012. « A modified current mirror circuit for the biasing of GAAS biFET RFIC power amplifiers ». 2012 25th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) (Montreal, QC, Canada, Apr. 29-May 2, 2012) Washington, DC : IEEE Computer Society.

David Berthiaume, Nicolas Constantin. 2012. « Nouvelle structure de miroir de courant pour la polarisation d’amplificateurs MMIC fonctionnant à basse tension en technologie GaAs BiFET ». 80e Congrès de l'Association Canadienne et Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences (Montréal, QC, Canada, mai 2012) L'Association Canadienne et Française pour l'Avancement des Sciences.

Lyne Woodward, Alexandre H. Limoges, Nicolas Constantin, Sylvie Ratté, Vahé Nerguizian. 2012. « An interactive web-based pedagogical tool for the training of engineers in electrical engineering ». Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference, CEEA 2012 (Winnipeg, MB, Canada, June 17-20, 2012) CEEA/ACEG.

Nicolas Constantin, Guy Ayissi Eyebe, Vahé Nerguizian. 2010. « A new pedagogical tool for the training of engineers in analog electronics ». Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) (Kingston, Canada, June 7-9, 2010)

Nicolas Constantin, M. N. El-Gamal. 2010. « A method for estimating the IMD performance requirements of circuit blocks in the error signal path of an envelope feedback amplifier ». IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS) (New Orleans, LA, USA, Jan. 10-14, 2010) p. 252-255. Piscataway, NJ, USA : Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Andrei Dulipovici, Dacian Roman, Ion Stiharu, Vahé Nerguizian, Nicolas Constantin. 2009. « An efficient finite element analysis on a RF structure used to evaluate the effect of microwave radiation on uveal melanoma cells ». Proceedings of the COMSOL conference (Boston, MA, USA, Oct. 8-10, 2009) p. 5. COMSOL.

Dacian Roman, Andrei Dulipovici, Anas Allazam, Ion Stiharu, Vahé Nerguizian, Nicolas Constantin. 2009. « Analysis of on-chip heat distribution in the design of RF power detectors and RF transistor arrays for MMIC power amplifiers ». COMSOL Conference (Boston, MA, USA, Oct. 8-10, 2009)

Nicolas G. Constantin, Peter J. Zampardi, Mourad N. El-Gamal. 2007. « A gated envelope feedback technique for automatic hardware conditioning of RFIC PA's at low power levels ». IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, 2007 (Honolulu, HI, USA, June 3-8, 2007) p. 139-142.

Nicolas Constantin, Fadhel M. Ghannouchi. 1995. « Comprehensive experimental investigation of gate current limitation effects on power GaAs FETs RF performances ». IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, 1995 (Orlando, FL, USA, May 16-20, 1995) p. 717-720.

Patent (5)

Smarjeet Sharma, Nicolas Gerard Constantin. 2019-10-08. « Apparatus and methods for power amplifiers with positive envelope feedback ».

Smarjeet Sharma, Nicolas Gerard Constantin. 2019-06-11. « Amplifier architecture using positive envelope feedback ».

Nicolas Constantin. 2010-05-18. « Dynamic biasing system for an amplifier  ».

Nicolas Constantin. 2008-07-29. « Dynamic biasing system for an amplifier ».

Nicolas Constantin. 2005-11-01. « Power amplifier including a desensitized bias circuit ».

Poster (9)

David Berthiaume, Nicolas Constantin. 2019. « Amplifying reconfigurable transmitarray (RTA) ». Poster presented during a conference : LACIME First Annual Congress ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Feb. 21, 2019 )

David Berthiaume, Nicolas Constantin. 2019. « Amplifying reconfigurable transmitarray (RTA) ». Poster presented during a conference : STARaCom Annual General Meeting ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Feb. 27, 2019 )

Nam Ly, Nicolas Constantin. 2019. « Configurable integrated power input/output systems for avionic applications ». Poster presented during a conference : LACIME First Annual Congress ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Feb. 21, 2019 )

Nam Ly, Nicolas Constantin. 2019. « Configurable integrated power input/output systems for avionic applications ». Poster presented during a conference : STARaCom Annual General Meeting ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Feb. 27, 2019 )

Gabriel Nobert, Nicolas Constantin. 2019. « Modeling of power and signal integrity and gate driver design in integrated configurable power input/output systems for avionic applications ». Poster presented during a conference : LACIME First Annual Congress ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Feb. 21, 2019 )

Nam Ly, Nicolas Constantin. 2018. « Configurable integrated power input/output systems for avionic applications ». Poster presented during a conference : STARaCom Industry Networking Day ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Oct. 30, 2018 )

Gabriel Nobert, Smarjeet Sharma, Nicolas G. Constantin. 2017. « A linearity and predistorsion characterization bench for RF power amplifiers ». Poster presented during a conference : STARaCom Research Centre Inauguration ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Dec. 14, 2017 )

Lyne Woodward, Alexandre Hatin-Limoges, Nicolas Constantin, Vahé Nerguizian, Sylvie Ratté. 2013. « Support intranet d'apprentissage interactif et approche personnalisée en génie électrique ». Poster presented during a conference : Journée Découvertes ÉTS, 2013 ( Montréal, QC, canada, 13 mars 2013 )

Alexandre Hatin limoges, Nicolas Constantin, Vahé Nerguizian, Sylvie Ratté, Lyne Woodward. 2012. « Support intranet d’apprentissage interactif et approche personnalisée en génie électrique ». Poster presented during a conference : 80ième Congrès de l'ACFAS ( Montréal, QC, Canada, 7-11 mai 2012 )

Communication (14)

Nicolas Constantin. 2019. « RF & Millimeter-wave integrated circuit power amplifiers ». Communication during a conference : Cours de 15 heures présenté en tant que professeur invité au Ho Chi Minh Polytechnique Institute ( Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,  )

Nicolas G. Constantin. 2019. « Positive envelope feedback: A new method for linearity improvement in RFIC power amplifiers ». Communication during a conference : IEEE International Symposium on Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ISEE) ( Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, Oct. 10-12, 2019 )

Nicolas G. Constantin. 2019. « Research collaboration between university and industry ». Communication during a conference : IEEE International Symposium on Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ISEE) ( Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, Oct. 10-12, 2019 )

Nicolas G. Constantin. 2017. « New challenges and opportunities in the development of millimeter-wave front-end modules for 5G wireless communication equipment ». Communication during a conference : International Symposium on Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ISEE) ( Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Nov. 29-30, 2017 )

Nicolas Constantin. 2016. « RF & Millimeter-wave integrated circuit power amplifiers ». Communication during a conference : Cours de 30 heures présenté en tant que professeur invité au Ho Chi Minh Polytechnique Institute ( Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 9-20, 2016 )

Gabriel Nobert, Nicolas Constantin. 2016. « Linéarisation d'un amplificateur de puissance RF avec effets mémoire par prédistorsion numérique ». Communication during a conference : Symposium du CREER (Centre de Recherche en Électronique Radiofréquence du Québec) ( Montréal, QC, Canada, 18 novembre 2016 )

Nicolas Constantin. 2015. « Nonlinear microwave circuits for RFIC power amplifiers ». Communication during a conference : Séminaire de 6 heures présenté au Ho Chi Minh Polytechnique Institute ( Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 4-5, 2015 )

Nicolas Constantin. 2015. « Nonlinear microwave circuits for RFIC power amplifiers ». Communication during a conference : Séminaire de six heures présenté au Danang University of Technology ( Danang, Vietnam, May 7-8, 2015 )

S. Sharma, D. Berthiaume, N. Constantin. 2014. « Modèle estimant les niveaux de distorsions d'intermodulation d'un amplificateur de puissance sur puce à rétroaction d'enveloppe pour le comportement dynamique AM et PM ». Communication during a conference : 82ème Congrès de l'ACFAS ( Montréal, QC, Canada, 12-16 mai 2014 )

Guy Ayissi Eyebe, Vahé Nerguizian, Nicolas Constantin. 2011. « A very low current CMOS voltage regulator for RFIC Power Amplifiers ». Communication during a conference : Journées du Centre de Recherche en Électronique Radiofréquence (CRÉÉR) ( Montreal, QC, Canada, Sept. 14-15, 2011 )

David Berthiaume, Olivier Bernier, Nicolas Constantin. 2011. « Circuit de polarisation fonctionnant à bas voltage pour amplificateurs MMIC de puissance en technologie GaAs BiFET ». Communication during a conference : Journées du Centre de Recherche en Électronique Radiofréquence (CRÉÉR) ( Montréal, QC, Canada, 14-15 sept. 2011 )

Nicolas Constantin, Guy Ayissi Eyebe, Vahé Nerguizian. 2010. « Un nouvel outil éducatif pour la formation des ingénieurs et ingénieures en électronique analogique ». Communication during a conference : 78e Congrès de l'Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS) ( Montréal, Canada, 10-14 mai, 2010 )

Nicolas Constantin, François Boone, Dominic Deslandes. 2010. « Nouveaux composants RF ». Communication during a conference : Colloque du CREER aux Congrès Annuel de l’ACFAS ( Montréal, Canada, 14 mai, 2010 )

Nicolas Constantin, F. M. Ghannouchi. 1994. « Conception d'amplificateurs de puissance à haute efficacité énergétique, basée sur la caractérisation "load-pull" active multi-harmonique ». Communication during a conference : 62e Congrès de l'ACFAS ( Montréal, QC, Canada, 16-20 mai 1994 )

Peer-reviewed article published in a refereed journal (9)

Smarjeet Sharma, Nicolas G. Constantin. 2019. « Nonlinear three-port representation of PAs for embedded self-calibration of envelope-dependent dynamic biasing implementations ». IEEE Access. vol. 7 p. 172796-172815.

Pascal Burasa, Tarek Djerafi, Nicolas G. Constantin, Ke Wu. 2017. « On-chip dual-band rectangular slot antenna for single-chip millimeter-wave identification tag in standard CMOS technology ». IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. vol. 65 , nº 8. p. 3858-3868.

Pascal Burasa, Nicolas G. Constantin, Ke Wu. 2016. « Low-power injection-locked zero-IF self-oscillating mixer for high gbit/s data-rate battery-free active µRFID tag at millimeter-wave frequencies in 65-nm CMOS ». IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. vol. 64 , nº 4. 11 p. p. 1055-1065.

Pascal Burasa, Tarek Djerafi, Nicolas G. Constantin, Ke Wu. 2016. « High-data-rate single-chip battery-free active millimeter-wave identification tag in 65-nm CMOS technology ». IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. vol. 64 , nº 7. p. 2294-2303.

P. Burasa, Nicolas G. Constantin, Wu Ke. 2014. « High-Efficiency Wideband Rectifier for Single-Chip Batteryless Active Millimeter-Wave Identification (MMID) Tag in 65-nm Bulk CMOS Technology ». IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. vol. 62 , nº 4. p. 1005-1011.

Smarjeet Sharma, Nicolas Constantin. 2013. « Formulations for the estimation of IMD levels in an envelope feedback RFIC amplifier: An extension to dynamic AM and PM behavior ». IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. vol. 32 , nº 12. p. 2019-2023.

Nicolas Constantin, Kai H. Kwok, Hongxiao Shao, Cristian Cismaru, Peter J. Zampardi. 2012. « Formulations and a computer-aided test method for the estimation of IMD levels in an envelope feedback RFIC power amplifier ». IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. vol. 31 , nº 12. p. 1881-1893.

Nicolas Constantin, Peter J. Zampardi, Mourad N. El-Gamal. 2011. « Automatic hardware reconfiguration for current reduction at low power in RFIC PAs ». IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. vol. 59 , nº 6. p. 1560-1570.

Nicolas Constantin, Fadhel M. Ghannouchi. 1995. « GaAs FET's gate current behavior and its effects on RF performance and reliability in SSPA's ». IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. vol. 43 , nº 12. p. 2918-2925.

Non-peer-reviewed article published in a journal or magazine (1)

Dacian Roman, Andrei Dulipovici, Anas Allazam, Ion Stiharu, Vahé Nerguizian, Nicolas Constantin. 2010. « Analysis of on-chip heat distribution in the design of RF power ». Defense Tech Briefs. vol. 4 , nº 1. p. 20-21.

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