More Than Moore Comes of Age

February 22, 2013
2:00pm-3:00pm
633 Mudd
Hosted by: Department of Electrical Engineering
Speaker: Prof. Simone Gambini , Assistant Professor (University of Melbourne)

Abstract

The design of electronic systems is reaching a turning point as a consequence of two facts:

  1. Economics as well as societal interest have generated an increased focus on "unconventional" applications. For example, self-powered wireless implantable devices capable to record signals from and stimulate various parts of the human body stand to revolutionize healthcare and simultaneously generate unprecedented amounts of data.
  2. Many "More than Moore" technologies have become accessible through foundry services. Today, processes that integrate silicon-photonics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) or III-V semiconductor with CMOS in a sub-cubic millimeter package are readily available. Printed organic electronics will soon follow.

Integrated systems designers utilizing these technologies have access to an unprecented number of physical effects and degrees freedom and will have to develop new , truly holistic methodologies to optimize their designs across the many domains.

I will describe a few integrated systems that highlight these challenges and the benefits that arise from overcoming them. Order-of-magnitude improvements in power efficiency or performance are achieved in low-power RF links, brain-machine interface systems and magnetic sensors. I will conclude with an overview of some ongoing and starting projects that push these concepts further.

Speaker Biography

Simone Gambini received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2004. The same year, he also received an Engineering Diploma in Information Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa). He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in December 2009, conducting research at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC).

In 2010, he designed low-power TV tuners at Telegent Systems . From 2011 to 2012, he was with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuators Center, where he worked on magnetic immunoassays and 3-D integration of silicon photonics . Since November 2012, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Melbourne (Australia), as an Assistant Professor.

Simone is a member of the technical program committee of ESSCIRC. He is interested in exploring and integrating diverse sensor and electronic technologies to create miniaturized wireless microsystems that improve medical conditions; and in developing the design methodologies necessary to this goal.


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