Short Bio - James Murdock

James Murdock is currently a graduate researcher for Professor Ted Rappaport at the University of Texas at Austin.  His research focuses on the wonderful world of 60 GHz wireless technology.  Specifically, he is investigating passive devices for use in System On Chip (SOC) 60 GHz CMOS transceivers.  This research is essential to 60 GHz wireless:
  •  Passive devices can be used to extract material parameters (e.g. relative permittivity), which are integral to accurate device models.  Accurate models in turn are essential to the good design of most aspects of a 60GHz SOC transceiver.  For example, a correct value of the relative permittivity of the silicon substrate is vital when designing an on-chip antenna for use at a specified frequency. 1
  • Passive devices can be used to negate parasitic capacitances which otherwise may severly degrade the performance of the transceiver.2
  • Passive devices such as microstrip transmission lines can be used to increase the transit frequency of older CMOS technologies, making them operable at 60GHz.2 
  • Passive devices such as high-impedance frequency selective screens (FSS) may be essential to implementing high-gain on-chip antennas for use at 60 GHz.3
  • 60 GHz holds the promise of some incredible applications - including "information showers," which will allow a consumer to download entire libraries worth of information in fractions of a second4.  Also, retailers will be able to deploy wireless high definition personal assistants in store to help consumers make choices, to deliver special deals, and to feature high definition streamed video advertisements as the consumer passes a particular product.  The possibilities are endless!
  • 60 GHz enabled virtual reality glasses will deliver a new level of gaming experience.  Users will be immersed in high definition environments and will not be tethered by cumbersome cables. 
  • Completely new data center topologies will be made possible by replacing cables with high speed wireless links.  Potential benefits include improved partitioning of heat-intensive equipment to reduce cooling costs.   
James is currently pursuing a PhD under the direction of Dr. Rappaport.  He is excited to be part of Dr. Rappaport's 60GHz vision!
James Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) with High Honors.  After graduation, James traveled to the fourth largest city in the nation, Houston, Texas, where he worked for CenterPoint Energy.  While there, James worked extensively on creating and integrating CIM:XML (Common Information Model implemented with eXtensible Markup Language) models of the Houston Transmission grid.  This was a very challenging project that gave James hefty exposure to the considerable challenges involved in creating a "unified model" of an electric transmission system (i.e. a model that can be used both in the near-term for real-time operations and in the long-term for planning purposes).
After working for a year, James felt his roots in communications calling him back to Austin, so he returned to UT as an MCD (Micro Computer Development) Fellow to work for Dr. Rappaport.  It is his sincere wish to contribute his talents and his efforts to making UT the birthplace of the next revolution in wireless technology.  
If you would like to contact James, you may email him at james dot murdock 741 at gmail dot com.   
 1 e.g. see F. Touatie and M. Pons, "On-chip integration of dipole antenna and VCO using standard BiCMOS technology for 10 GHz applications," Proceedings of the 29th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC 2003), September 16-18, 2003, pp. 493-496
2 e.g. see B. Razavi, "A 60-GHz CMOS reciver front-end," IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol 41, No. 1, Jan 2006, pp 17-22
3 e.g. see M. Wilhelm, R. Taylor, K. Church, D. Werner, "Meta-materials concepts in high-frequency applications," the 2002 45th Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, 2002 (MWSCAS-2002), Vol. 2, Aug 4-7, 2002, pp. 637-640.
4 F. Gutierrez, S. Agarwal, K. Parish, and T. S. Rappaport, "On-Chip Integrated Antenna Structures in CMOS for 60 GHz WPAN Systems," IEEE Journal on Slected Areas in Communications, vol. 27, no. 8, October 2009.