Basir bin Saibon
Academic & Technology
RF Microelectronics Lab. (RFM Lab) /EEA
Associate Professor

Basir Saibon received the B. Eng degree in electrical and electronic design systems from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1992 and MSc. ECE degree from University of Salford at Greater Manchester United Kingdom in 1994. Upon his graduation he worked at Standard Industrial and Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM Bhd.), where he involved in motion control detection systems design with IPA-Fraunhoffer GmBh, Germany and MTS System Corp. Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. In 1997 Mr. Saibon moved to Hewlett Packard Inc. where he focused in the development of optical sensor and encoder development. The works include comprehensive semiconductor prototyping to production cycle, from Front End to Back End design, IC fabrication, Device Characterization for Final Package Evaluation (EVB), and NPI to mass production. Mr. Saibon also involved in various semiconductor product development at Hewlett Packard (HP) Penang, HP Singapore, HP San Jose, and Agilent Santa Clara in Silicon Valley California.  

Mr. Saibon is a certified expert for optical motion encoder characterization where he was the R&D Program Engineering Manager to maintain characterization program for Motion Control and Imaging Division of Agilent Technologies at Bowers Avenue in Santa Clara, USA from 1999-2002. As the Senior Staff Engineer and Program Engineering Manager he owned engineering and technical responsibility to maintain standard product engineering of IC and Characterization for R&D and NPI compliance to Japan Nintei, US FCC, and European CE standard. Basir Saibon was a recipient of Hewlett Packard Star Award from CEO Office in 1999 for major accomplishments of Optical Encoder; 200mm-150mm Die Shrink Conversion for ST Microelectronics and HP proto built wafer fabrication. Mr. Saibon was also awarded Agilent Technologies Rank1 (The highest achievement rank) for 3 consecutive years for his contributions and efforts in related technical areas.

In 2002 Basir Saibon worked at Universiti Sains Malaysia and co founded Universiti Sains Malaysia RF IC Design Center (CEDEC) focuses in the development of RF IC, wafer probing and IC measurements.

Due to his contribution to CEDEC development, Mr. Saibon is appointed as the Research Fellow of CEDEC in 2014.

Mr. Saibon worked at Motorola Penang Design Center and Motorola Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale Florida USA from 2005 to 2012. His previous works at Advanced Technology Research (ATR) Motorola Inc. Florida and Penang Design Center are to manage and support the development of future generation radios IC. This includes Multi-Band Automated Quadrature Modulator for Software Define Radio (SDR), using IBM7WL-fT60GHz-SiGe-BiCMOS 180nm and 90nm to comply with US FCC, TETRA and TETRA2 standards. He also involved in the development of multiband receiver and frequency generator and amplifier for 4G RF IC Radio-Transceiver IC.

He is extensively working on VLSI schematic and layout design, performing technology conversion schematic into layout geometry at primitive cell/top level hierarchy/floor planning, layout verification LVS, and DRC. Expert of EDA tools simulators applications such as Spectre, SpectreRF, Berkeley Design Automation (BDA), and Agilent ADS/RFDE. Mr. Saibon is well exposed to IBM 7WL SiGe BiCMOS Triple Well design kit.

Basir Saibon was also a Program manager for Motorola-University Research Collaboration where he holds a position as visiting lecturer for research, Board Committee of School of Microelectronic & Photonics, and Board of Academic for Master of Microelectronic Engineering Studies of University Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP).

Since 2012 Mr. Saibon has been with Universiti Kuala Lumpur at Kulim Hi-Tech Park Campus, where he holds the position of Head Department for International, Industrial, and Institutional Partnership (IIIP). This department contributes many collaborations with Industries especially the MNCs and local industrial players in semiconductor and electronics manufacturing. Basir Saibon was also the Vice Chair for IEEE Penang Joint Chapter, IEEE Malaysia ED/MTT/SSC in 2014. He is the co-developer and technical architect for Bach. Eng. Tech in Applied Electronics focuses on the latest electronics technology development. In 2014 Basir Saibon led the IIIP team to develop UNIKL first Industrial Center of Excellence (ICoE), a collaboration effort between UNIKL, Keysight Technologies, and SIRIM SMT and was awarded initial budget and matching grant worth of RM5.5Million to establish RF Microelectronics Laboratory.

C. ER HP Santa Clara CA, USA

CSCE-MTS Minnesota, USA

MSc. E.C.E Univ. of Salford Manchester, UK

B. Eng. (EES) UKM


  • Designing and Characterizing the next generation RF ICs in communication products.


  • Research, investigate, develop, and evaluate state-of-the-art design techniques and develop robust designs in RF Microelectronics technology that will meet specifications in prototyping.


  • The designs include RF, analog and high-speed digital at transistor-level. The functional blocks include such as LNA, Mixer, Frequency dividers, linear amplifiers etc.


  1. VLSI, RF IC Design & Verification, RF Microelectronics
  2. Analog Mixed Signal
  3. Semiconductor Product Characterization
  4. Motion Control Sensor Development



  1. IC Design Schematic & Layout Validation/Verifications: Cadence (Virtuoso ADE, Virtuoso Spectre RF Simulation, Virtuoso Layout XL Editor, Assura/Diva Caliber Extraction for DRC, and Parasitic Extraction), Agilent RFDE Harmonics Balance, and Berkeley Design Automation Simulator. ADS system design. Synopsys RF, EMPro 3D Simulator.
  2. IC Characterization: SPLUS-S-code scripting for semiconductor characterization, GR&R analysis, and MATLAB+MATHCAD for mathematical modeling and simulations. Six Sigma Yellow Batch.


2010: Motorola Virtual Symposium 2010, Global Hardware Best Paper in Track, Class AB Post-Mixer Amplifier System for SDR (Software Defined Radio). Motorola BRAVO AWARD. Motorola Penang Design Center/ Motorola Inc. Ft. Lauderdale Florida USA.

2009: Motorola BRAVO AWARD for successfully completed Motorola new 80dB 4G RF IC design support dated on December 26, 2008.Motorola Inc. Ft. Lauderdale Florida USA.

2008: Motorola BRAVO AWARD for successfully introduced a new prototype Modulator Core IC for SDR Platform codename WINGS. This IC is used in iDEN PTT cell phones (Sprint, Nextel) and Motorola 2-Way-Radios based on IBM7WL SiGe-BiCMOS 180nM technology. Motorola Inc. Ft. Lauderdale Florida USA.

2000/2001/2002: Agilent Tech. Rank1 for 3 consecutive years. The highest performance rank.

1999: Recipient of Hewlett Packard STAR- AWARD from The CEO Office, Major Accomplishment of Optical Encoder & Sensors 200mm-150mm Die Shrink Conversion between ST Microelectronics Fab, HP Fab. Singapore, and HP Fab. San Jose California USA.

1995: Bronx Medal Awarded for PROTOCATS Design at MINDEX/INNOTEX K. Lumpur Malaysia, presented by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammed.


  1. Design Characterization and Verification of Channel Bandwidth Selectivity and Linearity Performance of I/Q Baseband ReceiverSoC, S. BasirJournal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering, ISSN No.: 2180-1843, eISSN No.: 2289-8131, Vol. 8 No. 1 Jan - Apr 2016.
  2. Design and Analysis of Monolithic BiCMOS Quadrature LO Buffer 4G RFIC, S. Basir, Journal of Engineering Technology Vol. 3(1): 1-4, 2013.
  3. Noise Variance Comparison for Linear Network Equalizer and Non-Linear Network Equalizer, IEEE- International Conference on Statistics in Science, Business and Engineering, CSSBE 2012.
  4. Networks Enterprise Multiple Band Multiple Protocol RF-to-Baseband Transceiver IC, Global Detailed Technical Specifications, Charles Ruelke, Walter Kehler, Basir Saibon, Russ Melton, Mark Rozenthal, et al., Motorola Solutions Inc. Ft. Lauderdale FL. USA. Co-Author of a Technical Book.Chapter 2: (pp.66-70): Post Mixer Amplifier Design Requirements, Post PMA – Passive 1-Pole, Active 2-Pole Baseband Filter Design, and Intermediate Frequency Amplifier Design. Chapter 5: (pp.69-209): Transmitter Overview Block Diagram, Baseband Gain Forward Path, Quadrature RF Modulator Requirements.
  5. iDEN-NEXTEL Multiple Band MODEM Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit, Global Detailed Technical Specifications, David Graham, Charles Matsumoto, Basir Saibon, Greg Raven, Kevin Mc Callum, et al., Motorola Solutions Inc. Phoenix, AZ. USA. Co-Author of a Technical Book. Chapter 3: (pp.145-152): Quadrature RF Modulator Design Requirements, AB Amplifier Driver, LO Ramp Control Buffer, Phase Train Amplifier, and LP2 Filter.
  6. High Linearity Fully Differential Post Mixer Amplifier Measurement and Characterization for Software Defined Radio, Basir Saibon, 2011 Motorola Technical Symposium
  7. Class AB Post-Mixer Amplifier System for SDR (Software Defined Radio), B. Saibon, Colin Chee, Motorola Global Virtual Symposium 2010. Won Best Paper Award
  8. Design of Quadrature Modulator with Programmable Gain using Triple-Well BiCMOS Technology, B. Saibon, International Conference on Electronic Design, IEEE-ICED2008.
  9. Design of Distributed Quadrature Modulator with Current Generation Pre-Scaler for a Two-Way Radio Applications using SiGe 0.18µm Process Technology, B. Saibon, Motorola Symposium 2008.
  10. RFCMOS Device Enabling RFIC for Wireless Technologies, B. Saibon, UniMAP Technical Talk, October 2008.
  11. Distributed Quadrature Modulator with Programmable Gain using Triple-Well BiCMOS Technology Book Chapter. Advances in Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits for Wireless Systems: Modeling and Design Technologies 2008.
  12. DMS 04D003R0 RPM Malaysian Standard LED Enhanced Road Pavement Markers (LED RPM) Specification, SIRIM Work Group, Final Draft 2006.
  13. Semiconductor Design: Research at Universiti Sains Malaysia MATERIALS: From Fundamentals to Applications, Vol. 5, 2005. pp 112-121
  14. A Divide-by-2 Frequency Divider Design, A. Marzuki, Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli, and Basir Saibon, IEEE-NCED Conference Perlis Malaysia, 2005.
  15. Monolithic Static Frequency Dividers Design for W- CDMA demodulator, A. Marzuki, Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli, and Basir Saibon, IEEE-EMAP Conference Penang Malaysia 2004.
  16. Design and Simulation of a Charge Pump, Chen Hau Jiun, Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli and Basir Saibon , IEEE-EMAP Conference Penang Malaysia 2004.
  17. Standard Benchmarking of a Second Order Servo System with Arbitrary Pole Location,Ng Keng Lek, Basir Saibon, Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli, and A. Marzuki,, IEEE-EMAP Conference Penang Malaysia, 2004.
  18. Encoding Characteristics of a 2 Channel Optical Motion Detector, Teoh Boon Chin, Basir Saibon, Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli, and Zulfiqar Ali Abd Aziz, IEEE-ICSE Conference K. Lumpur Malaysia 2004.
  19. Design of 2.5V, 900MHz phase-locked loop (PLL) using .25µm TSMC CMOS technology, Lee Ping Seng, Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli, Norlaili Mohd Noh and Basir Saibon, IEEE-ICSE Conference K. Lumpur Malaysia 2004.
  20. Design Characterization of a 1.2V 900MHz CMOS Current Mode Down-Conversion Mixer With Filter, Pui Woon Sang, Norlaili Mohd. Noh, Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli, Zulfiqar Ali Abdul Aziz and Basir Saibon, IEEE-ICSE, K. Lumpur Malaysia, 2004.
  21. A 1.8-V Fully Differential 2-Stage OPAMP Switched-Capacitor Delta-Sigma Modulator for Bluetooth Application, Zulfiqar Ali Abdul Aziz , Tun Zainal Azni Zulkifli and Basir Saibon, IEEE-ICSE, K. Lumpur Malaysia, 2004.
  22. Motion Control Encoder Characterization Data Models, Bill Bilobran, Basir Saibon. 1999 Technology Review, Agilent Technologies.
  23. Motion Planning Control System for Prototype Integrated Computer Aided Tjanting system (PROTOCATS), Basir Saibon, Paul Randall, and Irraivan Elamvazuthi,1st National CAD/CAM Conference, K. Lumpur Malaysia, 1995.
  24. Software for The Automation of Batik Tjanting, Abdul Rashid Salleh, Hugh Spark, Basir Saibon, and Irraivan Elamvazuthi, COSTAM Conference University Malaya Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 1995.


  1. Manage and run Analog, RF System and RF IC that includes Quadrature Modulator for Linear QAM Down-Mixer and Up-Mixer modulation, Post Mixer Amplifier (PMA), Baseband Filter for Bandwidth Selection, and Frequency Divider.
  2. Integrated Circuit Characterization program from layout design validation, wafer functional test plan, IC package model and characterization, IC specification write up, and IC proto built for mass production using Six Sigma Statistical Engineering.
  3. VLSI Design with Cadence Virtuoso IC and IC 6.1XXX versions, schematic and layout design, conversion schematic into layout geometry at primitive cell/top level hierarchy/floor planning, layout verification LVS, DRC. Extensive exposure of EDA tools simulators such as Spectre, SpectreRF, Berkeley Design Automation (BDA), Agilent Technologies ADS/RFDE. Extensive exposure of IBM 7WL SiGe BiCMOS Triple Well design kit
  4. Manage and run specific program for Analog, RF specification validation and verification for Software Define Radio (SDR), Zero IF (ZIF) platform towards US-FCC, TIA/EIA Standard (Telecommunications Industry Association/Electronic Industries Alliance).
  5. Technical Lead for optical device and optical system development such as optical sensors, LED based motion encoder, and optical switches for fiber optics communication.


Principal Staff Electrical Engineer (IC Design Validation) cum IC Product Engineering Manager for development of the next generation Multi-band Automated Quadrature Modulator for Software Define Radio (SDR) using IBM7WL-fT60GHz-SiGe-BiCMOS 180nM that comply with US FCC, TETRA and TETRA2 standards. The works include designing a new Quadrature Modulator architecture and its interface.Supporting layout verification LVS, DRC, at transistor level/top level hierarchy, layout top level integration and simulation for specification evaluation, measurement and characterizations of EVB (Engineering Verification Build) for testchip, and supporting Radio Transceiver form/fit build evaluations. Support Florida, Penang, teams in the design of the 4G Architecture development. Complete all system level documentation, IC DTS documentation, complete circuit designs, simulations, Entire database was successfully streamed-out to IBM by November 15 2007.

Jan 2006-April 2007-4GRF IC-SDR

Lead Engineer for the development and evaluation of Modulator (up-mixer) circuit system against standard specifications. Testchip was successfully fabricated on April 03, 2007 using IBM7WL-AM (5 metal layer) Technology

Nov 2005-Relocated to Motorola Plantation, Fort. Lauderdale in Florida-4GRF IC-SDR

Design and Development of a 4G RF IC Transceiver architecture with focus on a direct conversion transmitter. Test chip was fabricated on Nov11, 2007. Complete 4G IC Pangea definition, maintain and update DTS and transmitter architecture conversion by November 9, 2006, tapeout in March 2007 with first pass March 20 2008.

June2005-October2005-Technology Process Conversion of HIP6WRF, IBM7WL

Perform evaluation of design conversion of cmos90, hip6wrf, and bicmos6hp to ibm7wl database and library for 4GRF IC platforms. Investigation and evaluation of MEMS Dead Reckoning Module (DRM) developed by Point Research Corp/Honeywell).This project is completed on August 30 2005 comprised 4 modules in operation i.e.DRM-II, DRM-III, GyroDRM, and DRMcore. These units were established as indoor location systems in calibration with GPS.


Previous Works

Scope of Works  and Descriptions

Integrated Circuits Design and Verifications

[YEAR 2004-April2005]

a)     “Design and Characterization of CMOS Based RF IC Band Pass Filter for 1.9GHz Range”

A 3rd order Butterworth band pass filter that employs on-chip passive elements using Q-enhancement technique is developed for CDMA2000 1× standard. The filter achieves an insertion loss of 0-dB and a pass band of 200MHz around a center frequency of 1900MHz. Designed with 0.18μm Silterra RF Design Kit, the filter consumes 31.69mW and occupies an area of 0.85mm × 0.68mm. The filter shows stable performance against temperature and supply voltage variations. (Location: USM RF IC Design Group Penang Malaysia)

 b)   “Design and Characterization of RF Band Pass Filter Front-end Transmitter of  RFID (13.56/868MHz) using 0.5µm IBM CMOS technology”

A tunable, continuous-time active biquad filter architecture was designed.  This filter can function as band pass and low pass application by using Q-enhancement technique.  By using the Q-tuning techniques, it can operate between different center frequencies with different Q. (Location: SHRDC IC Design and Prototyping Center Shah Alam Selangor Malaysia)

Integrated Circuits Measurement and Characterizations

[YEAR 2003]

 c)     “CMOS Charged Based Capacitance Measurement (CBCM) Design for Gallium Nitride (GaN) Photodiode Receiver”

CBCM is a new method to measure parasitic interconnects capacitances of the I/O pad of each die on the wafer during probing. Previously, others methods that have been used does not yield good results. For instance, LCR meters are used for such kind of measurements. LCR meters need very large parallel-plate capacitors, which require a big space and thus are not too efficient. Furthermore, this technique fails to measure small capacitances effectively. The standard practice nowadays is to simulate these interconnect capacitances but very costly.(Location: USM RF IC Design Group / Silterra (M) Sdn. Bhd.)

[YEAR 2002] 

d)    “Development of HCTL2030 Digital Motion Controller IC”

Joint research project with Mektronix USA, Amkor Korea and ASE Tech. to develop product characterization setup for a digital motion controller IC. The characterization tools and solutions are based on Agilent 81200 Data Generator/Analyzer mainframe and Agilent E4848B with HP-Splus Code data modeling.  Characterization modules produced to perform correlation between Cadence simulations versus actual wafer test data. (Location: Agilent Technologies Penang Malaysia)

e)     “Design Characterization Methodology of Digital Optical Encoder IC for 0.5um BJT HP-SJ and ST Technology”.

This project produced new IC encoder family for IBM server storage that has several improvements on supply voltage noise ripple of maximum 100mVpp, ±1° glitches/jitter, double reduction on tr and tf and crosstalk free for 5 meters signal integrity transmission which is more than enough for IBM applications.(Location: Agilent Technologies Penang/ Singapore)

[YEAR 2000-2001] 

f)    Successfully introduced characterization methods to filter output noise (1/f and thermal noise) and glitches that cause immunity degradation of several versions of optical motion encoder IC. This method saved 20 million USD worth of printers at HP Barcelona Spain and Vancouver USA. (Location: Hewlett Packard 350-370 West Trimble Road San Jose)

[YEAR 1997-1999]

g)   Successfully Introduced High Resolution & Robust Motion Encoder IC to CANON and HP Inkjet Printer for high speed and robust to noise glitch and crosstalk. This product was launched with a great satisfaction remark by the customers.(Location: Agilent Technologies 3175 Bowers Avenue Santa Clara Silicon Valley Ca. USA).

h)     Completion of IC die shrink conversion project for 150mm and 200mm ST fab. Qualification. This project leads to new IC Testing and Characterizations method for ST facilities in Singapore. The project is done on HP94000 and HP83000 tester series. The test load-boards were redesigned to cater for new IC features. (Location: Hewlett Packard 350-370 West Trimble Road San Jose Silicon Valley Ca. USA)

i)Established standard characterization model i.e., Limit Adjusted Modeling and Natural Distribution Modeling for IC package measurement. This procedures define all IC parameters for testing GBD (guaranteed by design), GDC (guaranteed by characterization), and GDT (guaranteed by test). The models benchmark processes toward various established standard such as JEDEC, FORD-GM-Chrysler GRR, Japan Nintei QAS, CE Standard, and Hewlett Packard Co. (Location: Hewlett Packard Penang Malaysia)

[YEAR 1994-1996]

j)  Development of motion sensor and motor control systems for universal SCARA robot integrated with Texas Instrument DSP 5650, 1995-1996 collaboration with Western University Perth Australia.

k)  Advanced Manufacturing process with IPA Fraunhoffer GmBh Germany.

l)     Development of motion sensing systems and controller of Protocats Tjanting machine for printing industries, 1996. Collaboration works with MTS Systems Corporation Minneapolis Minnesota USA. (Location: SIRIM Bhd. Shah Alam Selangor Malaysia/ MTS Sys. Corp Minneapolis Minnesota USA).

1-Professional short course for Kulim Hi-Tech/Bayan Lepas Semicon- Industrial Engineers (Intel, Altera, Siltera, and Infineon) – Semiconductor Product And RF System Verification and Characterization.

2-Board of Studies for MSc. Program Microelectronics Engineering Design UniMAP

3-Board of Studies for Bachelor Program Microelectronis and Photonics UniMAP

4-SIRIM Berhad – Road Stud LED Malaysian StandardDMS 04D003R0

5-SHRDC Shah Alam – Development of IC Design & Measurement Lab

6-Telekom R&D – Development of RFIC Design & Measurement Lab

7-Silterra – FA and RFIC Development

8-Co Founder & Fellow to Collaborative Microelectronic Design Excellence Centre (CEDEC) – Development of RFIC Design Center – 2014 to Present

9-Engineering Fellow Advanced Multidisciplinary MEMS-Based Integrated Electronic NCER CoE (AMBIENCE) UniMAP- 2016-Present

10-MRSM Alumni Engineering Advisor for INTI International University

11-External Thesis Examiner to USM EE School, Prog MSc. Microelectronics 2012-Present

12-Visiting Professor to UNIMAP: Bach. Microlectronics & Photonics

13-Visiting Professor to UNIMAP: Bach. Eng. Tech: Microelectronics.

14-External Training to FIRST Solar Employees on Electronic Device Physics of PV Systems.



IC Design Schematic & Layout Validation/Verifications: Cadence (Virtuoso ADE, Virtuoso Spectre RF Simulation, Virtuoso Layout XL Editor, Assura/Diva Caliber Extraction for DRC, and Parasitic Extraction), Agilent RFDE Harmonics Balance, and Berkeley Design Automation Simulator. ADS system design.

IC Characterization: SPLUS-S-code scripting for semiconductor characterization, GR&R analysis, and MATLAB+MATHCAD for mathematical modeling and simulations. Six Sigma Yellow Batch. 

2014: International Conference on Engineering Technology & Technopreneurship, 2014, Technical  Reviewer. 

2007-2012: Motorola Global Symposium Technical Reviewer & Committee 

2007-2010: Visiting Lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) 

2006-2007: Industrial Committee of Microelectronic & Photonic Curriculum Board of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) 

2002-2004:Lecturer Universiti Sains Malaysia (EE School Transkrian)

Post-graduate Teaching;

Master Degree Program: Advanced Analog Integrated Circuit Design and Analysis.

Post-graduate supervision:

1 student from Agilent Technologies (Collaboration between USM & Agilent Technologies Penang)

1 student from Silterra (Collaboration between USM & Silterra Kulim)

3 students from SHRDC (Collaboration between USM & SHRDC Shah Alam Selangor)

2003-2005: Internal Examiner Panel of Master Degree Program on Microelectronics Engineering (EE School, U. Sains Malaysia)

2013-2016: External Examiner Panel of Master Degree Program on Microelectronics Engineering (EE School, U. Sains Malaysia)

Undergraduate Teaching;

“Analog Circuit Theory and Design 2”—3rd year

“Optical Communication—3rd year

“IC Test and Measurement”—4th (final) year

“Advanced Analog Lab”—3rd year

“Electronic Device”—1st year

1999-2002: Agilent Technologies Engineering Program Manager.

Taught courses: Motion Control IC Characterization for Modeling

1992: Engineering Tutor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Taught course: Microelectronic Device and Digital Electronic



Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Spanish Institute, Kulim Hi-Tech Park, 09000 Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia.

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