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Chromebooks, USB-C and Google PI/SI Research

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Abstract: The Chromebook is a new, faster computer. It starts in seconds, and offers thousands of apps, including Web applications and Android apps. The Chrome OS operating system is automatically updated to ensure the computer remains secure and gets better over time. The Chrome OS hardware team makes Chromebook reference designs and develops new technologies for them. The team was heavily involved in the USB -C development and Google was an early adopter in laptops, tablets and phones. The USB -C connector is used to provide up to 100W of power, high speed signals for data and video, and low speed signals for configuration. It therefore presents many SI, PI and EMC challenges. Starting from a system view of USB -C the presentation will introduce some of the research done by the Google Signal Integrity and Power teams as they implemented it in devices. It will conclude with some forward-looking speculation on SI tools.

Bio: Mark Hayter is currently a visitor from industry with the Computer Architecture team in the Computer Lab. He is Sr Engineering Director in the Chrome OS Hardware team at Google. The team is responsible for reference implementations and developing new technologies for Chromebooks. Prior to that he was involved in systems architecture at several semiconductor companies, being VP of Systems Engineering at P.A. Semi, Inc. (acquired by Apple Inc.), Senior Manager of Hardware Systems Engineering at Broadcom Corporation and System Architect at SiByte, Inc. Earlier, he was at the Digital Equipment Corporation Systems Research Center. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Systems Research Group Seminar series.

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