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About the Society

The IEEE Circuits and Systems Society is the leading organization that promotes the advancement of the theory, analysis, design, tools, and implementation of circuits and systems. The field spans their theoretical foundations, applications, and architectures, as well as circuits and systems implementation of algorithms for signal and information processing.

The Society brings engineers, researchers, scientists and others involved in circuits and systems applications access to the industry's most essential technical information, networking opportunities, career development tools and many other exclusive benefits.

Local members with similar technical interests engage in professional exchange through the Society’s 10 regional chapters in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific.

What became the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society began on 25 August 1970 as the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council. It achieved its current status on 1 January 1997.

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Council History

The Solid-State Circuits (SSCC) Council was formed in 1966 to serve the members of the solid-state circuits community by publishing the Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC) and by sponsoring the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).

During the past several years, the Council has realized that it must move beyond publishing the Journal and sponsoring the ISSCC if it is to properly serve the solid-state circuits community. The Council presently supports or helps support three publications:

  • IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (over 7,000 subscriptions)
  • IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems (over 3000 subscriptions)
  • IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing (over 3000 subscriptions)

In addition, the Council sponsors or cosponsors several conferences, symposia, and workshops:

  • IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
  • VLSI Circuits Symposium (VLSI)
  • Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC)
  • Symposium on Lower Power Electronics (SLPE)
  • Solid-State Circuits and Technology Committee Workshops (SSCTW)

To recognize and support the members of the solid-state circuits community, the Council:

  • Sponsors the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Award
  • Nominates Fellows of the IEEE
  • Sponsors a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Sponsors Student Best-Paper Awards

The Council has a 30-year track record of service to the solid-state circuits community. It operates on a sound financial basis and it has committed itself to continuous innovation to provide the best-possible support to the community. The Council welcomes your comments and suggestions.

The current field-of-interest statement for the Council was:

The field of interest of the Council and its activities and programs shall include all aspects of solid-state circuits, with emphasis on those aspects which either overlap the present interest of the Member Societies, or are presently not covered by any one IEEE Society. Included are the design, testing, and application of circuits and subsystems as well as closely related topics in device technology and circuit theory. This shall include scientific, technical, and industrial applications, or other activities that contribute to the field, or utilize the techniques or products of the field, subject, as the art develops, to additions, subtractions, or other modifications directed or approved by the IEEE Technical Activities Board or the IEEE Executive Committee.

The following Societies were the sponsors the SSC Council at the time it transistioned to a Society:

Council Documents

ISSCC Over the Decades- A Brief Statistical Overview of 40 Years, Kenneth C. Smith, Laura C. Fujino, Department of Electrical and Cornputer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

ISSCC at 7, Arthur Stern

The Origin of the JOURNAL, the Council, and the Conferences, Donald O. Pederson, Fellow, IEEE

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