Nearly 100 engineers and researchers from all
over the world attended EMC Compo 04, the fourth edition of the
International Workshop on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated
Circuits, organized from March 31 to April 2 in Angers, one of
the most beautiful cities in France.
The first three editions had taken place in Toulouse, France,
in 1999, 2000 and 2002, respectively, and had been initiated and
organized by Professor Etienne Sicard of INSA Toulouse. The small,
national workshop quickly became an internationally recognized
event, which gathered the most renowned specialists in this particular
field of electromagnetic compatibility.
Dr. Mohamed Ramdani and Dr. Richard Perdriau, both Associate Professors
at ESEO, Angers, organized the 2004 edition. The French Section
of the IEEE supported the event.
During three days, specialists from 15 countries (from USA to
Japan and South Korea) participated in a plenary session with
2 keynote addresses, 23 oral presentations, 15 posters, 3 tutorials
and an exhibition. Moreover, we had the very pleasant surprise
to welcome not one, but two IEEE EMC Society Presidents among
the participants: Todd Hubing and Kimball Williams. Not bad for
such a niche topic!
The workshop took place at ESEO, an engineering school located
in downtown Angers, only about one kilometer from the most interesting
places to visit. And Angers had much to offer our visitors!
The 200,000-people capital of the historic province of Anjou,
located about 300 km from the southwest of Paris, in the Loire
Valley (recently recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage
for Humanity), is considered as one of the most beautiful cities
in France with its old streets, museums, gardens, gastronomic
restaurants, and art festivals. Its many noteworthy monuments
include the magnificent, spiraled Saint-Maurice Cathedral (12th-13th
century) and the massive Château dAngers (early 13th
century), with its moat and soaring towers, which define the western
border of the Châteaux de la Loire. Nowadays, the Château
dAngers houses a tapestry museum that contains the famous
140-meter long Apocalypse series. Some of the greatest figures
in the history of France encountered the magic of Angers: the
Plantagenêts, King René, the writer François
Rabelais, the poet Joachim du Bellay, as well as the composer
Clément Janequin, and the surgeon Ambroise Paré.
The Art of Living expression might have been invented
especially for Angers as its gastronomic pleasures, worldwide-renowned
liquors (Cointreau), and great wines (though unfairly unrecognized)
blend with street entertainment and festivals into a refreshing
|Mohamed Ramdani, EMC Compo 04 Chairman,
introduced the general schedule of the workshop, after a brief
address by Jacky Charruault, Director of ESEO (standing left).
|From left to right : Richard Perdriau
(ESEO, France) received the Best Conference Paper Award, Yves
Quéré (LEST, France), Adam Tankielun (University
of Paderborn, Germany) and Bertrand Vrignon (STMicroelectronics,
France) the three Best Student Paper Awards, given by Kimball
Williams and Mohamed Ramdani.
|The magnificent Château de
Brissac, location of the evening banquet on Wednesday.
|More than 100 people took part in
the evening banquet, organized in the Galerie des Tableaux
(Gallery of Paintings) of the Château de Brissac, after
a welcome cocktail and a private visit (including the remarkable
|From left to right, Christian Marot
(Siemens VDO, France), Thomas Steinecke (Infineon, Germany),
Etienne Sicard (INSA Toulouse, France) and Jean-Luc Levant
exchanged their points of view on the ICEM model.
Dr. Mohamed Ramdani, Chairman, opened the plenary session on Wednesday
by introducing the first keynote speaker. Michel Mardiguian, a
world-renowned EMC expert and past Distinguished Lecturer for
the EMC Society, brilliantly accomplished the difficult task of
starting the workshop with a general introduction entitled EMC
at IC Level: a Most Audacious Challenge. Two oral sessions
then followed, dealing respectively with packaging and tools,
and emission models.
The poster session was then organized just after lunch, which
was indeed welcome: the authors had the opportunity to present
their work in a very relaxed environment, with coffee and local
specialties (Quernons dArdoise, delightful chocolate-coated
nougats!) available all session long. Oral sessions then resumed
on crosstalk and signal integrity, and emission measurements.
On Thursday, for those who had recovered from the banquet the
night before, after a short address by Jacky Charruault, Director
of ESEO, Dr. Todd H. Hubing, immediate Past President of the IEEE
EMC Society, gave a remarkable keynote lecture about Radiated
Emissions from ICs: Models and Measurements. The program
then continued as on the previous day, with two sessions on near-field
measurements and emission models, then another after-lunch poster
session, and finally another oral session dealing with immunity.
During the poster sessions, exhibitors also had the opportunity
to present hardware and software dedicated to EMC of integrated
circuits: vector network analyzers, time-domain reflectometers,
finite-element modeling and signal integrity simulation software.
The entire audience then determined four best papers, after a
very close ballot.
Three Best Student Papers, sponsored by the French Section of
the IEEE, were awarded to (in alphabetical order):
Yves Quéré, LEST, Brest, France,
for A Design Rule for Improved EMC Behavior of High-Speed
Adam Tankielun, University of Paderborn,
Germany, for Influence of Core Optimization and Activity
for Electromagnetic Near-Field and Conducted Emissions of CESAME
Bertrand Vrignon, STMicroelectronics, Crolles,
France, for Evaluation of Low Emission IC Design Techniques
The Best Conference Paper was awarded to Dr. Richard Perdriau
(ESEO, France) et al. for Reusable Activity Models for
EMC Prediction in Integrated Circuits.
Courageous people who had enjoyed the evening
wine tasting gathered then on Friday for the last morning dedicated
to tutorials. Kimball Williams of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.,
and President of the IEEE EMC Society, started with an acclaimed,
very didactic presentation on Test Planning for EMC Customers,
followed by Martin Wiles, ETS-Lindgren, on GTEM Testing
Methodologies for ICs. Richard Perdriau, ESEO, presented
the last tutorial written by Olivier Maurice, Valeo, France, on
A Brief History of IC Immunity.
The quality of all presented papers (keynotes, oral papers, posters,
tutorials) was indeed very high and covered every aspect of EMC
in integrated circuits. The Scientific Committee is thus grateful
to their authors for their involvement and their remarkable contributions.
|From left to right : Thomas Steinecke,
Michael Schmidt (Fraunhofer IZM, Germany), EMC Compo 05 organizers,
with Etienne Sicard, EMC Compo initiator and organizer of
the first three editions.
|Todd H. Hubing (University of Missouri,
Rolla, USA), Past President of the IEEE EMC Society, gave
the second keynote lecture: Radiated Emissions from
Integrated Circuits: Models and Measurements.
|Michel Mardiguian, EMC Expert (France),
accomplished the difficult task of starting the workshop with
the first keynote lecture entitled EMC at IC Level:
a Most Audacious Challenge.
Even if scientific content is the main contribution to the quality
of an international workshop, EMC specialists fortunately know
how to have fun too! Therefore, a wonderful social program was
designed for them, fitting within the very short duration of the
The evening banquet on Wednesday took place in the magnificent
Château de Brissac, the tallest castle in France (even if
it is far less known than Chambord!). After a welcome cocktail
with a delicate piano accompaniment, the Marquis of Brissac (it
is still a family castle!) took the audience for a private visit,
including a royal bedroom and a remarkable theatre. People then
gathered in the Galerie des Tableaux (Gallery of Paintings) for
a typically French gastronomic dinner, with the romantic notes
of a piano-flute duet in background.
Visitors from abroad were also invited to a copious cocktail and
wine tasting on Thursday evening, in which they were given the
opportunity to discover Savennières (dry, white), Saumur
Champigny (red) and Coteaux du Layon Chaume (sweet, white), three
of the best vintages of the Loire Valley.
Traditional lunches allowed the participants to discover
other typical French dishes (blanquette de veau, duck steaklet
) in a very friendly atmosphere. We can assure you that
no one went back home with an empty stomach!
|An overview of the attendance (about
|More than 30 participants from all
over the world enjoyed the wine-tasting organized on Thursday
Summary and Next Edition
The EMC Compo 04 workshop took its success from the high scientific
quality of the presentations and expertise of the attendees, as
well as from the wonderful social program. The relatively small
size of the workshop was indeed an advantage; everyone could attend
all presentations and be presented with a very complete overview
of the most recent research in the area of EMC in integrated circuits.
Furthermore, it was granted the participation of prestigious specialists,
which helped it to find its own way among international EMC conferences.
We would like to thank all members of the ESEO team who helped
us with the organization of the event (especially our assistant,
Aude Gérard), as well as our institutional sponsors (Angers
Agglomération, Conseil Général de Maine-et-Loire,
Conseil Régional des Pays-de-Loire, IEEE Section France),
and industrial sponsors (ATMEL Nantes, EADS-CCR, ETS-Lindgren).
And of course, grateful thanks to all EMC Compo 04 participants
for their kindness and their remarkable contributions!
The international character of the workshop will be reinforced
on the next edition, which will be organized for the first time
outside France, in Munich, Germany, by Dr. Thomas Steinecke (Infineon)
and his team, probably from November 28th to November 30th, 2005.
We shall be happy to meet you there! EMC