2020 IEEE Noble Award

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IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

2020 Recipient - Miro Micovic

>Miro Micovic

The millimeter-wave gallium nitride (GaN) technology created by Miro Micovic is perhaps the most significant new development of the past 20 years impacting semiconductor technologies for the radio-frequency and wireless industries. His patented innovations have changed the competitive landscape for monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) that operate at millimeter wave frequencies. He conceived a growth method that enabled the development of precisely engineered epitaxial structures that would prove to be essential for high-performance millimeter-wave devices. His creations helped convince the technical community that GaN technology could ultimately surpass existing state-of-the-art methods for millimeter-wave power amplification. He also demonstrated that high-frequency GaN technology is integral to robust, broadband, low-noise amplification. The high-performance millimeter-wave components made possible by Micovic’s work have enabled sensors integral to 94-GHz imaging radar, point-to-point communication for emerging 5G networks, and satellite communication links.

An IEEE Fellow, Micovic is an Engineering Fellow with Raytheon, Tucson, AZ, USA.

The IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 2000. In 2012, the award was renamed the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Daniel E. Noble, Executive Vice Chairman of the Board emeritus of Motorola. Dr. Noble is significantly known for the design and installation of the nation's first statewide two-way radio communications system. The system was the first in the world to use FM technology.

Dr. Noble was an IEEE Life Fellow. He was awarded the IEEE Edison Medal in 1978 "for leadership and innovation in meeting important public needs, especially in developing mobile communications and solid-state electronics."

The IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies was previously named the Morris N. Liebmann Award, which was originally established by the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1919, and then assumed by IEEE in 1963 when the two organizations merged.

Recipient selection is administered by the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.

Note: This Technical Field Award is not to be confused with the Daniel E. Noble Fellowship, which is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and Motorola, Inc.

IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

2020 Recipient - Miro Micovic

The millimeter-wave gallium nitride (GaN) technology created by Miro Micovic is perhaps the most significant new development of the past 20 years impacting semiconductor technologies for the radio-frequency and wireless industries. His patented innovations have changed the competitive landscape for monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) that operate at millimeter wave...

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