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Prof. Dr. Ralf Brederlow


Circuit Design

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Ralf Brederlow‘s (*1970) research area are integrated CMOS circuit designs and intelligent sensor systems. By deploying analog and digital integrated circuits small and simple sensors can be connected to more precise, versatile, but also more flexible sensor systems.

Prof. Brederlow studied physics at the University of Würzburg and the Technical University of Munich. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering in a cooperative program between Siemens and the TU Berlin. In 1999, he joined Infineon as development engineer and project manager, working on analog circuit- and microelectronic technology concepts. In 2006, he became group lead and development manager at Texas Instruments, where he was responsible for analog and digital circuit development for the company’s ultra-low energy micro-controller product family (MSP430). In 2015, he played a leading role in establishing a branch of Texas Instruments research organization (Kilby Labs) in Freising. Here, he developed new concepts for intelligent sensors and circuits for short-range communications. In 2019, he was appointed to the Chair of Circuit Design at the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


  • Elected to ‚Distinguished Member Technical Staff‘ Texas Instruments in 2011 for his contributions to the ultra-low power micro-controller product family MSP430Fxxx and the definition of the ultra-low energy technology of the next product family MSP430FR5xx.
  • Several industrial awards for products Ralf Brederlow contributed as design and concept lead – e.g. ‚IDTechEx Award‘ 2011 ‘Best Technology Development of Energy Harvesting’ for the FRAM product family MSP430FRxxx - i.e. for the robustness under unclear power supply conditions; Embedded Award‘ 2009 ‚Best Technology Category Hardware‘ for the product family MSP430F5xx and its ultra low power capabilities; or the Texas Instruments ASP 2008 Customer Excellence Award for the product MSP430L092 (first micro-controller for battery voltages below 1V).
  • ‘Best Paper Award’ European Symposium on Reliability of Electron Devices 1998

Key Publications

Baumann A, Jung M, Huber K, Arnold M, Sichert C, Schauer S, Brederlow R: "A MCU platform with embedded FRAM achieving 350nA current consumption in real-time clock mode with full state retention and 6.5µs system wakeup time". 2013 Symposium on VLSI Circuits. Kyoto, Japan. 12-14 June 2013; 202-203.


Ivanov V, Brederlow R, Gerber J: "An ultra-low power bandgap operational at supply > 0.75V". IEEE Journal of Solid State-Circuits. 2012; 47(7): 1515-1523.


Augustyniak M, Weber W, Beer G, Mulatz H, Elbrecht L, Timme H-J, Tiebout M, Simbürger W, Paulus C, Eversmann B, Schmitt-Landsiedel B, Thewes R, Brederlow R: "An Integrated Gravimetric FBAR Circuit for Operation in Liquids Using a Flip-Chip Extended 0.13μm CMOS Technology". Proceedings of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference ISSCC. San Francisco, USA. 11-15 Feb. 2007: 392-393.


Brederlow R, Prakash R, Paulus C, Thewes R: "A low power true random number generator using random telegraph noise of single oxide-traps in small area MOSFETs". Proceedings of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). San Francisco, USA. 6-9 Feb. 2006: 422-423.


Wirth GI, da Silva R, Brederlow R: "Statistical Model for the Circuit Bandwidth Dependence of Low-Frequency Noise in Deep-sub-micrometer MOSFETs". IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. 2007; 54(2): 340-345.