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12-08-14 Prof. Michael Flynn Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Analog-Digital Interfaces

Prof. Michael Flynn has been elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to analog-digital interfaces. He has achieved important breakthroughs in the performance and energy efficiency of analog-digital interfaces. His research has significantly impacted three primary areas: 1) analog to digital conversion; 2) the analog-digital interface in wired and wireless communication systems; and 3) applications to complete systems, particularly brain-machine interfaces.Prof. Michael Flynn has been elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to analog-digital interfaces. He has achieved important breakthroughs in the performance and energy efficiency of analog-digital interfaces. His research has significantly impacted three primary areas: 1) analog to digital conversion; 2) the analog-digital interface in wired and wireless communication systems; and 3) applications to complete systems, particularly brain-machine interfaces.  [More Info]

11-26-14 Talking Book trial to help poorest of poor in Ghana

[BBC News: Nov 20] Hundreds of handheld audio computers, called Talking Books, are to be given to some of Ghana's poorest communities to help spread potentially life-saving information. Leading the low power chip design for the devices at Michigan are Profs. David Blaauw and Peter Chen.[BBC News: Nov 20] Hundreds of handheld audio computers, called Talking Books, are to be given to some of Ghana's poorest communities to help spread potentially life-saving information. Leading the low power chip design for the devices at Michigan are Profs. David Blaauw and Peter Chen.  [More Info]

11-03-14 Prof. Robert Dick to Apply Cyber Information to Air Quality Management

Prof. Robert Dick, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and specialist in embedded systems, received a CyberSEES grant to to study the impact of weather and human activity on production of, and exposure to, ozone and other air pollutants.Prof. Robert Dick, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and specialist in embedded systems, received a CyberSEES grant to to study the impact of weather and human activity on production of, and exposure to, ozone and other air pollutants.  [More Info]

10-29-14 Scott Hanson Receives 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE '04 '06 '09) has been selected to receive the 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award. Dr. Hanson is the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Ambiq Micro, a startup semiconductor company that has big plans to lead the low-power revolution in electronics by powering the Internet of Things.Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE '04 '06 '09) has been selected to receive the 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award. Dr. Hanson is the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Ambiq Micro, a startup semiconductor company that has big plans to lead the low-power revolution in electronics by powering the Internet of Things.  [More Info]

09-29-14 These Energy-Saving, Batteryless Chips Could Soon Power The Internet Of Things

The story focuses on how the new Michigan/UVa start-up company, PsiKick, is going to help enable the Internet of Things thanks to their very low power processing, called subthreshold processing. Also mentioned is the Michigan startup, Ambiq Micro, which has also entered the low power revolution.The story focuses on how the new Michigan/UVa start-up company, PsiKick, is going to help enable the Internet of Things thanks to their very low power processing, called subthreshold processing. Also mentioned is the Michigan startup, Ambiq Micro, which has also entered the low power revolution.  [More Info]

07-30-14 A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things

MIT Technology Review described the chips being made by PsiKick, a company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. These low-power chips are the key to the promise of the Internet of Things. Their chip design has been tested in a wearable EKG monitor that runs entirely on body heat.MIT Technology Review described the chips being made by PsiKick, a company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. These low-power chips are the key to the promise of the Internet of Things. Their chip design has been tested in a wearable EKG monitor that runs entirely on body heat.  [More Info]

07-17-14 Student Spotlight: Gyouho Kim - A big talent for creating tiny devices

Gyouho Kim is completing his thesis in electrical engineering in the area of ultra-low power VLSI design. He is designing a millimeter-scale visual system that is complete with optics, processing capability and battery. Solar cells are used to harvest the minuscule amount of energy needed to operate.Gyouho Kim is completing his thesis in electrical engineering in the area of ultra-low power VLSI design. He is designing a millimeter-scale visual system that is complete with optics, processing capability and battery. Solar cells are used to harvest the minuscule amount of energy needed to operate.  [More Info]

05-14-14 Student teams earn prizes for their ADC circuit designs in EECS 511

Students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits (EECS 511), taught by Prof. Michael Flynn, competed for cash prizes while presenting their final design projects thanks to the support of Analog Devices, Inc. Two winning projects and teams were determined by an expert panel at Analog Devices.Students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits (EECS 511), taught by Prof. Michael Flynn, competed for cash prizes while presenting their final design projects thanks to the support of Analog Devices, Inc. Two winning projects and teams were determined by an expert panel at Analog Devices.  [More Info]

05-12-14 Leaders in Ultra Low Power Circuits and Systems Presenting at VLSI Circuits Symposium

Michigan faculty and students will present seven papers at the 2014 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, a number that exceeds any other academic institution or company. The seven papers range from a millimeter-scale wireless imaging system, to a chip that can decipher an image in a manner similar to the human brain, to continued optimization of the circuits we use every day, as well as circuits that will fuel the future Internet of Things. One of the papers, Low Power Battery Supervisory Circuit with Adaptive Battery Health Monitor, has been selected as a Symposium Technical Highlight.Michigan faculty and students will present seven papers at the 2014 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, a number that exceeds any other academic institution or company. The seven papers range from a millimeter-scale wireless imaging system, to a chip that can decipher an image in a manner similar to the human brain, to continued optimization of the circuits we use every day, as well as circuits that will fuel the future Internet of Things. One of the papers, Low Power Battery Supervisory Circuit with Adaptive Battery Health Monitor, has been selected as a Symposium Technical Highlight.  [More Info]

04-28-14 Powering the Internet of Things (video)

Prof. David Wentzloff describes the future Internet of Things, a world that he and his colleagues in the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory are enabling with their ultra low power circuits and systems. These sensing systems can detect air quality, bodily health, and whether you forgot to turn off your stove and send that information to your phone. Prof. David Wentzloff describes the future Internet of Things, a world that he and his colleagues in the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory are enabling with their ultra low power circuits and systems. These sensing systems can detect air quality, bodily health, and whether you forgot to turn off your stove and send that information to your phone.   [More Info]

03-31-14 Bringing batteryless sensors to market

PsiKick, an ultra-low-power wireless sensor company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, has completed first-round, funding. The financing, led by New Enterprise Associates, will be used to accelerate PsiKick's growth and product development to meet the increasing demand for energy-efficient system-on-a-chip technology. PsiKick, an ultra-low-power wireless sensor company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, has completed first-round, funding. The financing, led by New Enterprise Associates, will be used to accelerate PsiKick's growth and product development to meet the increasing demand for energy-efficient system-on-a-chip technology.   [More Info]

03-06-14 Muhammad Faisal Wins Business Competition with Technology Critical to the Internet of Things

Muhammad Faisal came to Michigan knowing he wanted to start a company. About to graduate with his PhD in electrical engineering, he has been making some great headway lately by winning the 2014 Michigan Business Challenge. His company is currently called Movellus Circuits, and its product is a patent-pending clock generator technology that is smaller, cheaper and faster than existing solutions.Muhammad Faisal came to Michigan knowing he wanted to start a company. About to graduate with his PhD in electrical engineering, he has been making some great headway lately by winning the 2014 Michigan Business Challenge. His company is currently called Movellus Circuits, and its product is a patent-pending clock generator technology that is smaller, cheaper and faster than existing solutions.  [More Info]

02-27-14 Ask Anything: What Happens In Your Computer When You Turn It On?

No, the little mouse inside it does not start scrambling around. Prof. David Blaauw describes the circuit that plays a role in turning on your computer, and then keeps it from getting confused, in a brief article in Popular Science.No, the little mouse inside it does not start scrambling around. Prof. David Blaauw describes the circuit that plays a role in turning on your computer, and then keeps it from getting confused, in a brief article in Popular Science.  [More Info]

01-20-14 Students rewarded for their circuit designs in EECS 413

The course, Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, has a tradition of offering prizes for the top final projects designed by the students, thanks to the support of industry. This year Tektronix awarded cash prizes to 2 teams for the projects: Adaptive Bandwidth PLL and Inductorless Wideband Balun-LNA.The course, Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, has a tradition of offering prizes for the top final projects designed by the students, thanks to the support of industry. This year Tektronix awarded cash prizes to 2 teams for the projects: Adaptive Bandwidth PLL and Inductorless Wideband Balun-LNA.  [More Info]

12-17-13 Avish Kosari Receives Rackham International Student Fellowship

Avish Kosari, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to continue her studies as a doctoral student in Prof. David Wentzloff's research group.Avish Kosari, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to continue her studies as a doctoral student in Prof. David Wentzloff's research group.  [More Info]

10-30-13 Making the Internet of Things Happen

Prof. David Wentzloff is helping to make a worldwide Internet of Things more than a dream through his research in low-power wireless communication, and more recently, through his new startup company called PsiKick.Prof. David Wentzloff is helping to make a worldwide Internet of Things more than a dream through his research in low-power wireless communication, and more recently, through his new startup company called PsiKick.  [More Info]

07-19-13 Bharan Giridhar awarded Intel PhD Fellowship

Bharan Giridhar, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive an Intel Corporation Ph.D. Fellowship to pursue his research in VLSI chip design, with an emphasis on developing circuit techniques for adaptive and reliable, high-performance computing. Bharan Giridhar, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive an Intel Corporation Ph.D. Fellowship to pursue his research in VLSI chip design, with an emphasis on developing circuit techniques for adaptive and reliable, high-performance computing.   [More Info]

06-26-13 Zhengya Zhang Receives Intel Early Career Award

Prof. Zhengya Zhang has been selected to receive s a 2013 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program award. This award was created to connect Intel with the best and brightest early career faculty members who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies. Prof. Zhang's research is in the area of low-power and high-performance VLSI circuits and systems.Prof. Zhengya Zhang has been selected to receive s a 2013 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program award. This award was created to connect Intel with the best and brightest early career faculty members who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies. Prof. Zhang's research is in the area of low-power and high-performance VLSI circuits and systems.  [More Info]

05-23-13 Student teams earn prizes for their ADC circuit designs in EECS 511

Students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits (EECS 511), competed for cash prizes while presenting their final design projects thanks to the support of Analog Devices, Inc. The winning projects were designed for battery-operated mobile applications as well as instrumentation and measurement applications.Students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits (EECS 511), competed for cash prizes while presenting their final design projects thanks to the support of Analog Devices, Inc. The winning projects were designed for battery-operated mobile applications as well as instrumentation and measurement applications.  [More Info]

04-01-13 7th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

Thanks to the sponsorship of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., students in the Fall 2012 EECS 427 (VLSI Design I) class competed against their classmates for cash prizes in the 7th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest. This year, more than 60 students took this team project-oriented, major design experience course.Thanks to the sponsorship of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., students in the Fall 2012 EECS 427 (VLSI Design I) class competed against their classmates for cash prizes in the 7th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest. This year, more than 60 students took this team project-oriented, major design experience course.  [More Info]

03-25-13 IEEE Spectrum: Better Eyes for Flying Robots

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03-20-13 Prof. Dennis Sylvester Receives U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Dennis Sylvester was selected to receive a U-M Faculty Recognition Award. This award recognizes "mid-career faculty who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to the University through outstanding achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in the service activities of the university and elsewhere."Prof. Dennis Sylvester was selected to receive a U-M Faculty Recognition Award. This award recognizes "mid-career faculty who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to the University through outstanding achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in the service activities of the university and elsewhere."  [More Info]

02-27-13 Gyouho Kim awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research in ultra-low power optical interfaces for mm-scale wireless sensor nodes

Gyouho Kim, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation entitled, Ultra-Low Power Optical Interfaces for Nearly Invisible Cubic-Millimeter Wireless Sensor Nodes. Gyouho Kim, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation entitled, Ultra-Low Power Optical Interfaces for Nearly Invisible Cubic-Millimeter Wireless Sensor Nodes.   [More Info]

02-27-13 Bharan Giridhar awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research in circuit techniques for adaptive, reliable, high-performance computing

Bharan Giridhar, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation entitled, Circuit Techniques for Adaptive and Reliable, High-Performance Computing.Bharan Giridhar, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation entitled, Circuit Techniques for Adaptive and Reliable, High-Performance Computing.  [More Info]

02-19-13 David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester Named Top Authors by ISSCC

Prof. David Blaauw and Prof. Dennis Sylvester have been named two of the top 16 contributing authors in the last 60 years to the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), which is the flagship conference of the Solid-State Circuits Society.Prof. David Blaauw and Prof. Dennis Sylvester have been named two of the top 16 contributing authors in the last 60 years to the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), which is the flagship conference of the Solid-State Circuits Society.  [More Info]

01-30-13 David Wentzloff Receives CAREER Award for Research in Energy-Autonomous Systems

Prof. David Wentzloff, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Ultra-Low Power Radios for Energy-Autonomous Systems."Prof. David Wentzloff, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Ultra-Low Power Radios for Energy-Autonomous Systems."  [More Info]

01-22-13 Students in EECS 413 awarded prizes for their circuit designs

Students in the course Monolithic Amplifier Circuits earned cash prizes for their final projects, all implemented in a commercial 0.13m CMOS process. The winning projects were "A Rail to Rail Class AB Amplifier" and "Ultra Low Power Crystal Oscillator."Students in the course Monolithic Amplifier Circuits earned cash prizes for their final projects, all implemented in a commercial 0.13m CMOS process. The winning projects were "A Rail to Rail Class AB Amplifier" and "Ultra Low Power Crystal Oscillator."  [More Info]

10-18-12 Nathan Roberts Earns Best Paper Award for Research to Assist in Remote Patient Monitoring

Nathan Roberts designed an ultra-low power receiver for wireless sensor node applications that operates using nanowatts of power. The research will facilitate remote patient monitoring through wireless body area networks. His work earned him Best Student Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Subthreshold Microelectronics Conference.Nathan Roberts designed an ultra-low power receiver for wireless sensor node applications that operates using nanowatts of power. The research will facilitate remote patient monitoring through wireless body area networks. His work earned him Best Student Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Subthreshold Microelectronics Conference.  [More Info]