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About me (Adrian)


In case you don't know me, I'm Adrian, and I do research in many different CMOS-SoC areas from DSP for radar and spectrometer processors to mm-wave transceivers, and now even microwave data links. I am also an aspiring amateur standup comedian (really!), and through my work at JPL I'm also learning to be a bit of a scientist (mosty Planetary and Earth Science) to compliment my engineering experience.

 My Biography:

Dr. Adrian Tang has over 14 years of commerical CMOS circuit design experience and is now in the sub-millimeter wave advanced technology group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  Adrian received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. During his graduate studies, he developed CMOS mm-wave and THz circuits and systems for imaging, radar, and communication systems. He was the first to demonstrate reflective imaging in CMOS technology and the first to demonstrate sub-centimeter scale accuracy radar in silicon technology. During his postdoctoral studies he worked on developing 670 GHz compact radar systems for concealed weapons and explosives detection at stand-off. At JPL he directs the Space-SoC laboratory and is currently leading development of CMOS SoCs for future mm-wave, microwave and  instruments on NASA planetary science, Earth science and astrophysics missions.


  • Strategic Researcher, Sub-mm-Wave  Group, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory*
  • Research Associate, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Research Associate, University of California, Davis

 *primary appointment right now

Why a "sad" circuit designer? (I'm trying not to make this section a whole essay)

I'm not too sad, but as a circuit designer I worry a lot about the future of our business which I love so much. WiFi and LTE chips are getting cheaper and cheaper every minute, less and less startups are appearing, and more and more design teams are getting laid off. I worry about the research too... desiging slighly higher frequency LNAs, or improving the PA power from 10 to 12 dBm, or pushing the ADC ENOB from 12 to 13... it's all so incremental, I  really think it's just delaying the inevitable. We need lots of new smart circuits & systems people that can come up with new disruptive applications, not go down the same beaten path of communications, sensing and computation. I look for this all the time (especially from the IC academics) but lately it feels research (especially mm-wave/THz) seems to be more and more hype with less and less substance / impact (everything is "just for paper") which really makes unsure. I'm quietly hopeful though, and wonder when we'll see the next big breakthrough in circuits.

 Email Address

 adrian.j.tang at  or   atang at  (at = @)

Feel totally free to email me. I'm really not scary at all. I answer questions of all kinds and I really love discussing circuits, ideas, system ideas, applications or even just getting into a deeply philosophical discussion about the future of the IC industry as a whole. Don't think you're wasting my time (If my time was precious, I wouldn't have time to update my website... right?)

My Major Research Topics

Space Science topics (mostly JPL work):
  • Remote sensing of snowfall, and monitoring extreme weather
  • Passive spectroscopic measurements of planetary atmospheres
  • Radiometric soundings of weather and percipitation
  • mm-Wave sounding for planetary body topography, altimetry
  • Radio-astronomy
CMOS Circuits and Systems for Space (mostly JPL work):
  • mm-Wave SoCs for Spectroscopy and Radiometry
  • mm-Wave navigation systems
  • mm-Wave Radar baseband processing and DSP (PC, FMCW, DPLR)
  • Dosimeters and radiation sensors
  • Active and Passive Spectroscopy
  • Multi-Pixel Sub-mm-wave receiver processing and data handling
  • Manipulation of channel-coding for atmospheric concealed data-links
  • CMOS based spacecraft telemetry systems
CMOS General CMOS systems (UCLA and UCD work):
  • Reflector based microwave and mm-wave datalinks
  • High speed ADC and FFT processors for medical/space spectroscopic processing
  • CMOS Radiometry towards imaging applications
  • mm-Wave sounding for planetary surface topography, altimetry
  • Basics of radio-astronomy

Final Note on website contents to keep the JPL ITAR/EC folks at bay: Unfortunately on the linked pages I can only post my non JPL-exclusive work due to clearance issues.However, any work that is UCD, UCLA, or JPL-UCLA or JPL-UCD have a publication restriction exemption by law and are fair game. Also note:  I've carefully made sure that I have no JPL-exclusive work just for this reason.

















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