Behzad Rezavi’s pioneering work on high-speed complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) circuits for communications technologies has helped change the field of circuit design and continues to push the envelope of high-performance analog integrated circuits. Dr. Razavi pioneered the concept that innovations at the architecture level can greatly relax the design at the circuit level for wireless transceivers. He was an early proponent of direct conversion for wireless transceivers, which has become widely used in many wireless systems including cellular phone handsets. With his students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Razavi has explored new architectures for radio-frequency (RF) applications from 900 MHz to 60 GHz, introducing “synthesizer-friendly” transceivers. Dr. Razavi is also known for applying RF concepts to wireline/fiber-optic transceivers, in particular, clock and data recovery (CDR) circuits and broadband amplfiers. He and his students were the first to demonstrate 10-Gb/s and 40-Gb/s CDR circuits in CMOS technology. He was named one of the top 10 authors in the 50-year history of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Razavi is currently a professor with the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA.