Filip Tavernier

I am an associate professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at KU Leuven in the MICAS research division. I am leading the research on the CMOS integration of novel optical communication circuits, high-performance data converters, DC-DC converters, and cryogenic circuits. I am a member of the European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) and Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) technical program committees. I am the treasurer of the SSCS Benelux Chapter and SSCS Webinar chair.

Filip Tavernier
Filip Tavernier
Academic staff
Analog and power management circuits
Mixed-signal circuits and data converters
Wireline and Optical Circuits
Quantum and cryogenic circuits

Current research topics

  • Integrating a 90V to 5V DC-DC converter for high-voltage battery management systems. - PHD students: Tim Rens
  • Scalable large array nanopore readouts for proteomics and next-generation sequencing - PHD students: Sander Crols
  • Fully Integrating High-Voltage DC-DC and AC-DC Conversion - PHD students: Tuur Van Daele
  • Cryo-CMOS circuits for the Einstein Telescope - PHD students: Alberto Gatti
  • Pixel-Parallel Conversion for Image Sensors - PHD students: Rico Jossel Maestro
  • A high-speed, energy-efficient time-interleaved analog-to-digital converter - PHD students: Zongyuan Li
  • High Speed×Resolution Nyquist A/D Conversion for Low-Latency Applications - PHD students: Jun Feng
  • Cryo-CMOS circuits for quantum computing - PHD students: Bram Veraverbeke
  • Sub-bandgap light detection in bulk CMOS

Career overview

  • 2020 - Associate Professor - KU Leuven
  • 2015 - Assistant Professor - KU Leuven
  • 2014 - Postdoc - KU Leuven
  • 2011 - Senior Fellow - CERN
  • 2005 - Ph.D. Researcher - KU Leuven


  • T. Thielemans and F. Tavernier, “Boosting Wide-Range Conversion Efficiency With Dynamic Voltage-Domain Stacking,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 37, no. 12, pp. 14944–14954, 2022, doi: 10.1109/tpel.2022.3189430.
  • T. Van Daele and F. Tavernier, “A 400-to-12 V Fully Integrated Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converter Achieving 119 mW/mm2 at 63.6 % Efficiency,” presented at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), 2022.
  • A. Ramkaj, M. J. M. Pelgrom, M. S. J. Steyaert, and F. Tavernier, “In the Pursuit of the Optimal Accuracy–Speed–Power Analog-to-Digital Converter Architecture: A mathematical framework,” IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 45–53, 2022, doi: 10.1109/mssc.2021.3128310.
  • W. Diels, M. Steyaert, and F. Tavernier, “1310/1550 nm Optical Receivers With Schottky Photodiode in Bulk CMOS,” IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, vol. 55, no. 7, pp. 1776–1784, 2020.
  • A. T. Ramkaj, J. C. Pena Ramos, M. J. M. Pelgrom, M. S. J. Steyaert, M. Verhelst, and F. Tavernier, “A 5-GS/s 158.6-mW 9.4-ENOB Passive-Sampling Time-Interleaved Three-Stage Pipelined-SAR ADC With Analog-Digital Corrections in 28-nm CMOS,” IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, vol. 55, no. 6, pp. 1553–1564, 2020, doi: 10.1109/jssc.2019.2960476.







Awards & honors

  • 2021 - SSCS Senior Member
  • 2021-2022 - SSCS Distinguished Lecturer
  • Author of:
    • 41 journal articles
    • 2 books
    • 1 book chapter
    • 38 conference proceedings
    • 8 abstracts/presentations/posters
    • 5 Ph.D. theses


  • H05G8a - Ontwerp van naloge en gemengd-signaal geïntegreerde schakelingen
  • H05E3a - Design of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits
  • H09K3a - Advanced topics on analog and RF IC design
  • H0E83a - Ontwerp en implementatie van analoge schakelingen
  • H0E92a - Design and implementation of analog circuits
  • H09L9a - P&D electronics and chip design
  • H0P28a - Analoge geïntegreerde schakelingen en sensoren

Research team