Nathaniel Pinckney received his doctorate at the University of Michigan in 2015. He has authored or coauthored over 30 publications in the areas of low-power VLSI design and cryptographic accelerators. Nathaniel received his Bachelor of Science degree from Harvey Mudd College in 2008 and his Master of Science from the University of Michigan in 2012. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he worked at Sun Microsystems' VLSI research group. He now works at NVIDIA in Austin, TX.

2010 - 2015

University of Michigan

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering (2015)

M.S. Electrical Engineering (2012)

Advisor: David Blaauw

2004 - 2008

Harvey Mudd College

B.S. Engineering (2008)

Advisor: David Money Harris
Clinic Advisor: Sarah Harris

2015 - Now

NVIDIA

ASIC and VLSI Research Group

Research Scientist

Summer 2013

Oracle

VLSI Research Group, Oracle Labs

Hardware Intern

Summer 2012

Qualcomm

Corporate R&D

Hardware Intern

2008 - 2010

Sun Microsystems

VLSI Research Group, Sun Labs

Member of Technical Staff

Summer 2006

Applied Minds, LLC

Robotics Group

Intern

Y. Zhang, M. Khayatzadeh, K. Yang, M. Saligane, N. Pinckney, M. Alioto, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “iRazor: Current-Based Error Detection and Correction for PVT Variation Tolerance in 40-nm ARM Cortex-R4 Processor,” IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), Oct. 2017.

N. Pinckney, S. Jeloka, R. Dreslinski, T. Mudge, D. Sylvester, D. Blaauw, L. Shifren, B. Cline, and S. Sinha, “Impact of FinFET on Near-Threshold Voltage Scalability,” IEEE Design and Test, April 2017.

N. Pinckney, D. Sylvester and D. Blaauw, “Supply Boosting for High-Performance Processors in Flip-Chip Packages,” ESSCIRC, Sept. 2016.

N. Pinckney, L. Shifren, B. Cline, S. Sinha, S. Jeloka, R. Dreslinski, T. Mudge, D. Sylvester, and D. Blaauw, "Near-Threshold Computing in FinFET Technologies: Opportunities for Improved Voltage Scalability," Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 2016.

Y. Zhang, M. Khayatzadeh, K. Yang, M. Saligane, N. Pinckney, M. Alioto, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “iRazor: 3-Transistor Current-Based Error Detection and Correction in an ARM Cortex-R4 Processor,” IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Feb. 2016.

J. Wang, N. Pinckney, David Blaauw, and Dennis Sylvester, “Reconfigurable Self-Timed Regenerators for Wide-Range Voltage Scaled Interconnect,” IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC), Nov. 2015.

N. Pinckney, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “Low Power Near-Threshold Design: Techniques to Improve Energy Efficiency,” IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine, Spring 2015.

S. Bang, J.S. Seo, I. Lee, S. Jeong, N. Pinckney, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “A Fully-Integrated 40-Phase Flying-Capacitance-Dithered Switched-Capacitor Voltage Regulator with 6mV Output,” VLSI, June 2015.

B. Giridhar, N. Pinckney, D. Sylvester, and D. Blaauw, “A Reconfigurable Sense Amplifier with Auto-Zero Calibration and Pre-Amplification in 28nm CMOS,” ISSCC, Feb. 2014.

N. Pinckney, R. G. Dreslinski, K. Sewell, D. Fick, T. Mudge, D. Sylvester, and D. Blaauw, “Parallelism and Boosting Limits of Dim Silicon,” IEEE Micro, Sept.-Oct. 2013.

N. Pinckney, M. Fojtik, B. Giridhar, D. Sylvester and D. Blaauw, “Shortstop: An On-Chip Fast Supply Boosting Technique,” 2013 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, June 2013.

G. Kim, M. Barangi, Z. Foo, N. Pinckney, S. Bang, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “A 467nW CMOS Visual Motion Sensor with Temporal Averaging and Pixel Aggregation,” ISSCC, February 2013.

M. Fojtik, D. Fick, Y. Kim, N. Pinckney, D.M. Harris, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “Bubble Razor: Eliminating Timing Margins in an ARM Cortex-M3 Processor in 45 nm CMOS Using Architecturally Independent Error Detection and Correction,” JSSC, January 2013.

R.G. Dreslinski, K. Sewell, T. Manville, S. Satpathy, N. Pinckney, G. Blake, M. Cieslak, R. Das, T. Wenisch, D. Sylvester, D. Blaauw, and T. Mudge, “Swizzle Switch: A Self-Arbitrating High-Radix Crossbar for NoC Systems,” HotChips-24, August 2012.

R.G. Dreslinski, T. Manville, K. Sewell, R. Das, N. Pinckney, S. Satpathy, D. Blaauw, D. Sylvester, and T. Mudge, “XPoint cache: scaling existing bus-based coherence protocols for 2D and 3D many-core systems,” Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques, Sept. 2012.

N. Pinckney, K. Sewell, R.G. Dreslinski, D. Fick, T. Mudge, D. Sylvester, and D. Blaauw, “Assessing the performance limits of energy-efficient Parallelization,” DAC, June 2012.

K. Sewell, R.G. Dreslinski, T. Manville, S. Satpathy, N. Pinckney, G. Blake, M. Cieslak, R. Das, T.F. Wenisch, D. Sylvester, D. Blaauw, and T. Mudge, “Swizzle-Switch Networks for Many-Core Systems,” IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, June 2012.

R. Dreslinski, B. Giridhar, N. Pinckney, D. Blaauw, D. Sylvester, and T. Mudge, "Reevaluating Fast Dual-Voltage Power Rail Switching Circuitry," 2012 Workshop on Duplicating, Decontructing and Debunking (WDDD), June 2012.

M. Fojtik, D. Fick, Y. Kim, N. Pinckney, D. Harris, D. Blaauw, D. Sylvester, “Bubble Razor: An Architecture-Independent Approach to Timing-Error Detection and Correction,” ISSCC, Feb. 2012.

N. Liu, N. Pinckney, S. Hanson, D. Sylvester, D. Blaauw, “A True Random Number Generator using Time-Dependent Dielectric Breakdown,” VLSI, 2011.

X. Zheng, Cunningham, G. Li, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, J. Yao, R. Ho, J. Lexau, F. Liu, D. Patil, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, P. Dong, D. Feng, M. Asghari, A. Mekis, T. Pinguet, K. Raj, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “Ultra-low power silicon photonic transceivers for inter/intra-chip interconnects,” SPIE, August 2010.

X. Zheng, J. Cunningham, R. Ho, J. Lexau, G. Li, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, J. Yao, F. Liu, D. Patil, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, P. Dong, D. Feng, M. Asghari, A. Mekis, T. Pinguet, K. Raj, and A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “Low power silicon photonic transceivers,” Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series, July 2010.

I. Shubin, A. Chow, J. Cunningham, M. Giere, N. Nettleton, N. Pinckney, J. Shi, J. Simons, R. Hopkins, J. Mitchell, D. Douglas, E. M. Chow, D. DeBruyker, B. Cheng, G. Anderson, “A package demonstration with solder free compliant flexible interconnects,” ECTC, June 2010.

X. Zheng, J. Lexau, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, T. Pinguet, A. Mekis, G. L., J. Shi, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, K. Raj, R. Ho, J. Cunningham, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “An Ultra-Low Energy, All-CMOS, Si Photonic Transmitter,” Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition, Mar. 2010.

X. Zheng, J. Lexau, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, T. Pinguet, A. Mekis, G. Li, J. Shi, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, K. Raj, R. Ho, J. Cunningam, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “Ultra-low-energy all-CMOS modulator integrated with driver,” Optics Express, Feb. 2010.

X. Zheng, J. Lexau, Y. Luo, H. Thacker, T. Pinguet, A. Mekis, G. Li, J. Shi, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, K. Raj, R. Ho, J. E. Cunningham, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “An ultra-low all CMOS Si photonic transmitter,” Optics Express, Jan. 2010.

J. Schauer, N. Pinckney, N. Nettleton, D. Popovic, “A Test Platform for the Thermal, Electrical, and Mechanical Characterization of Packages,” 42nd Intl. Symp. on Microelectronics, Nov. 2009.

R. Ho, J. Lexau, F. Liu, D. Patil, R. Hopkins, E. Alon, N. Pinckney, P. Amberg, X. Zheng, J. E. Cunningham, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “Circuits for Silicon Photonics on a ‘Macrochip,’” IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conf., Nov. 2009.

X. Zheng, J. Lexau, H. Thacker, T. Pinguet, A. Mekis, G. Li, J. Shi, P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, K. Raj, R. Ho, J. Cunningham, A. V. Krishnamoorthy, “An Ultra-Low Power All CMOS Si Photonic Transmitter,” Frontiers in Optics, 2009.

P. Amberg, N. Pinckney, D. Harris, “Parallel High-Radix Montgomery Multipliers,” 42nd Asilomar Conf. on Signals, Systems, and Computers, pp. 772-776, Oct. 2008.

A. Danowitz, N. Pinckney, M. Braly, H. Chen, A. Giles, S. Harris, S. Osofsky, “Optical Distress Beacon for Space Use,” Intl. Association for the Advancement of Space Safety Conference, Oct. 2008.

N. Pinckney, P. Amberg, D. Harris, “Parallelized Booth-Encoded Radix-4 Montgomery Multipliers,” 16th IFIP/IEEE Intl. Conf. on Very Large Scale Integration, Oct. 2008.

N. Pinckney, D. Harris, “Parallelized Radix-4 Scalable Montgomery Multipliers (Extended),” Journal of Integrated Circuits and Systems, pp. 39-45, Feb. 2008.

N. Pinckney, T. Barr, M. Dayringer, M. McKnett, J. Stanley, N. Jiang, C. Nygaard, D. Harris, B. Phillips, “A MIPS R2000 Implementation,” 45th DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest, June 2008.

N. Pinckney, D. Harris, “Parallelized Radix-4 Scalable Montgomery Multipliers,” SBC 20th Symp. on Integrated Circuits and Systems Design, pp. 306-311, Sept. 2007.

J. King, G. Yoshinaga, C. Foerster, E. Temkin, N. Pinckney, “Impulse Response Pressure Transducer,” 13th Internal Congress on Sound and Vibration conference proceedings, July 2006.

N. Pinckney, “Pulse-width Modulation for Microcontroller Servo Control,” IEEE Potentials, pp. 27-29, Jan./Feb. 2006.

[1] N. Pinckney, D. Harris, N. Jiang, K. Kelley, S. Antao, and L. Sousa, “Public Key Cryptography,” In F. Sheikh and L. Sousa (Ed.), Circuits and Systems for Security and Privacy, CRC Press, 2016.

[1] N. Liu, S.M. Hanson, N. Pinckney, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “Randomized Value Generation,” submitted U.S. Patent 2012/0030268, published 2/2/2012.

[2] H. Chen, A. Giles, N. Pinckney, S. Harris, A. Danowitz, S. Osofsky, “Optical Distress Beacon For Use In Space,” submitted U.S. Patent 2010/0090866 A1, published 4/15/2010.