Electrical Engineering News
EE Department Seminar Series
Invited Speaker: Dr. Jeff Cain, VP, Cisco System, Inc.
170 West Tasman Dr., San Jose, CA 95134
Place: 3D05, SWGN
Time and Date: 3:00 PM, Monday, November 25, 2013
Signal Integrity at Cisco: Product Design Process and Challenges
This talk will focus on the design process for Cisco’s signal integrity products, and the challenges faced along the way. From concept to end of life, it will also focus on the next set of challenges that are in the foreseeable future.SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
Jeff received his B.S. in electrical engineering from USC in 1992. He then stayed on to get his and Ph.D. in electrical engineering with a focus in electro-magnetics graduating from USC in 1995. He then joined AVX Corp. as an application engineer, which eventually led to running applications engineering for the company.
This led to a signal integrity technical leader role at Cisco, joining in 1998. He led a number of activities, but one of the main ones was writing the technical specifications for the 3.125Gb/s serdes specifications for backplanes, which led to the XAUI spec for IEEE 802.3 ethernet standard. From there, he went onto managing an SI team, which eventually led to managing a design team. The design team was responsible for the high end switching platform known as the Catalyst 6500, a multi-billion dollar platform.
His current role is leading the platform engineering group for Enterprise Networking Group, a $16B organization. The PE team includes SI, mechanical, thermal, ECAD, platform validation and proto services. This is across the entire ENG portfolio from wireless access points to high end service routers.
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