Enabling Ubiquitous Computing with Ultra-Low Power Integrated Circuits

April 19, 2010
Time: 12:00pm-3:30pm
Davis Auditorium (CEPSR)
Speaker: Dr. Dennis Sylvester, University of Michigan


Ubiquitous computing, particularly as it relates to very small sensor nodes (e.g., smart dust), remains science fiction despite continued hype. Why?Simply put it is very challenging to create what are essentially invisible computers that can operate formonths or years. Despite Moore's Law, this combination of form factor and lifetime constraints remainbeyond the capabilities of modern integrated circuit design techniques. This talk describes newintegrated circuit building blocks to make this vision a reality. Taken together they point to new mm-scale systems that enable exciting new cyber-physical applications that promise to continue theinformation revolution well beyond PCs and handsets. 

Speaker Biography

Dennis Sylvester is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has previously held research staff positions at Synopsys, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, and a visiting professorship at the National University of Singapore. He has published over 250 articles in his field of research, which includes the design of ultra low-power circuits and integrated microsystems, and supporting electronic design automation techniques. He is the co-founder of Ambiq Micro, a fabless semiconductor company developing ultra-low power mixed-signal solutions for compact wireless devices.

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