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Rethinking Transistors for the Internet of Things

The technological achievements of PsiKick, cofounded by Prof. David Wentzloff, and Ambiq Micro, cofounded by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), are compared to other low-voltage transistors in the competition to offer the lowest power consumption for our ubiquitous electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Wentzloff, David  

Seed-sized U-M computers pumped into oil wells featured at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

A specially created version of the Michigan Micro Mote, measuring 5mmx5mm, is being featured for its role in oil exploration as part of a new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Energy Science and Engineering  Grbic, Anthony  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

CubeWorks: Solving Problems with the Worlds Smallest and Lowest-power Computers

CubeWorks, founded by the team at University of Michigan that developed the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), the worlds smallest computer, has been flying under the radar since late in 2013. This startup company specializes in the worlds smallest and lowest-power sensing technology. With its first outside funding from Intel (see the press release), the CEO of CubeWorks is now looking two years into the future, when he hopes to be manufacturing millimeter-scale computing devices for their first customers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Recent Alum Startup Wins $25,000 at Accelerate Michigan Competition

Movellus Circuits, co-founded by alumnus Muhammad Faisal (MSE PHD EE 2011 2014), won $25,000 awards at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit, in the University Research Highlight and People's Choice categories, respectively. Movellus' prize money will go toward more protection for the intellectual property behind its semiconductor chip optimization software, which has already netted three major customers and significant interest from Silicon Valley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

Screen Savers: The World's Smallest Computer

The new episode of Screen Savers features Prof. David Blaauw, whose team has developed the world's smallest computer. The Michigan Micro Mote (M3) works as a fully functioning computer on the millimeter scale. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Video of the week: Injectable radio broadcasts through flesh in real-time

The Engineer highlighted research by Prof. David Wentzloff and David Blaauw on an injectable radio that can broadcast from inside the human body. This latest advance will enable the relay of information in real-time to devices monitoring heart fibrillation as well as glucose monitoring for diabetics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Health  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Medical diagnosis  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

Injectable Computers Can Broadcast from Inside the Body

Profs. David Blaauw and David Wenzloff are designing millimeter-scale ultra-low-power sensing systems that can be injected into the body through a syringe. Unlike other radios of this size, these new devices are able to broadcast through the human body to an external receiver. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Fundamental science will play a key role in finding cancer cure

Prof. David Blaauw is part of a team that NSF recently funded to develop millimeter-sized, ultra-low-power electronic biosensors for implantation in tumors to determine chemotherapy impacts. Monitoring of tumor micro-environments during therapy could inform chemotherapy duration, result in more successful chemotherapy and advance the science of implantable biosensors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Cancer  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Company cracked code for battery-less tech

It's not news to say experts believe nearly every "thing" bicycles, toasters, eyeglasses, clothing, lampposts will eventually use embedded chips, or sensors, to connect wirelessly to everything else, said Crain's Detroit Business. The story reports on the startup company, PsiKick, co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Avish Kosari Selected as Barbour Scholar for Research in Low-Power Devices for the Internet of Things

Avish Kosari, PhD student in ECE, was selected to be a Barbour Scholar by the Rackham Graduate School. Avish conducts research on ultra-low power and battery-less integrated circuits. She is a member of the wireless integrated circuits and systems group, directed by Prof. David Wentzloff, designing devices that will help enable the Internet of Things and a connected world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Remote Sensing  Wentzloff, David  

Injectable Radios to Broadcast From Inside the Body

IEEE Spectrum reported on medical devices being developed at Michigan that may one day be small enough to go through a syringe. Professors David Blaauw and David Wentzloff are collaborating with researchers at the U-M medical school to come up with the first test application. These devices will be able to monitor oxygen, glucose, and other biometrics, or follow disease progression in tumors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Health  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  

Power Harvesting Sensor Patch Uses Your Body As a Battery

IEEE Spectrum reported on a sensor patch that can power itself by using thermoelectric materials to turn the temperature difference between your body and the surrounding air into electricity. The project, based at North Caroline State University's Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors (ASSIST), involves Prof. David Wentzloff, who specializes in integrated circuit design for adaptable wireless communication systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  

Googling the Physical World

David Wentzloff wants to get rid of batteries and build the Internet of Things - a "Google of the physical world." This undertaking will use trillions of tiny sensors embedded in everything you can think of, communicating wirelessly. With his company PsiKick, David hopes to provide the technology that makes it happen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

PsiKick Makes the Sand Hill IoT 50 Needle Movers

Sand Hill looked at 50 companies that will form the basic foundation of technologies that address several Internet of Things problems. PsiKick made the list for its ultra-low-power wireless sensing devices that address the power barrier problem. Low power requirements allow energy to be harvested from vibration, thermal gradients, solar, RF or piezo actuation. PsiKick is was co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

3 ECE Companies Make the Silicon 60 List - AGAIN!

For the second year in a row, three startup companies co-founded by ECE faculty alumni made the EE Times Silicon 60 List of tech startups to watch. Ambiq Micro (Prof. David Blaauw, Prof. Dennis Sylvester, and alumnus Dr. Scott Hanson), Crossbar, Inc. (Prof. Wei Lu), and PsiKick (Prof. David Wentzloff), are leading the way in ultra-low power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Entrepreneurship  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

David Wentzloff Receives Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award

Prof. David Wentzloff received the 2015 Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award for his exceptional achievements in the education of our students. He has received the HKN Professor of the Year Award twice in recent years, and invites undergraduate as well as graduate students to be members of his Wireless Integrated Circuits and Systems Group [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Wentzloff, David  

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moores Law

NPRs All Tech Considered: Fifty years ago this week, a chemist in what is now Silicon Valley published a paper that set the groundwork for the digital revolution. That man was Gordon Moore. Moores Law is all about electronic miniaturization, and the article talks about the worlds smallest computer, the Michigan Micro Mote, currently on display at the Computer History Museum. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Elnaz Ansari Earns Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Elnaz Ansari, PhD candidate in EE, has received the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement. Elnaz implements large-scale analog circuits using automatic design techniques that are mostly used in digital system designs. Using these techniques, she has fabricated a high-speed, high-resolution digital to analog converter (DAC) in 65nm CMOS technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Wentzloff, David  

Michigan Micro Mote (M3) Makes History

Michigan Micro Mote (M3), the worlds smallest computer, is taking its place among other revolutionary accomplishments in the history of computing at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Measuring in at less than a half a centimeter, it is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Three Faculty Selected for 2015 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2015 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Benjamin Kuipers, Stephen Rand, and David Wentzloff. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Rand, Stephen  Wentzloff, David  

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. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

3 ECE Companies on Silicon 60 List

EE Times announced their Silicon 60, the top 60 startup companies it is worth watching, and three of those companies were co-founded by ECE faculty. Ambiq Micro, Inc. (David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester); Crossbar Inc. (Wei Lu); and PsiKick Inc. (David Wentzloff) are leading the way in ultra-low-power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lu, Wei  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

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. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  

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. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  

PsiKicks batteryless sensors poised for coming Internet of Things

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. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

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. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

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. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

2013 Promotions of our Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty who received promotions this year: Tal Carmon, Jamie Phillips, Silvio Savarese, Thomas Wenisch, and David Wentzloff. Keep up the great work! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Phillips, Jamie D.  Wenisch, Thomas  Wentzloff, David  

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." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Developing the Wireless Component for Personalized Health Devices

Prof. David Wentzloff will be developing the wireless component for the next generation of personalized health devices as a member of a new 5-year, $18.5M NSF Nanosystems Engineering Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technology (ASSIST), led by North Carolina State University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sensors  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Three EECS Teams are Winners in 2011 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest

The projects focus on near-threshold 3D computing, a flexible wireless receiver for multiple communication standards, and a clock-harvesting receiver for wireless sensor nodes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Graduate Students  Mudge, Trevor  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Toward computers that fit on a pen tip: New technologies usher in the millimeter-scale computing era

An implantable eye pressure monitor that is a complete millimeter-scale system, and a compact radio for wireless sensor networks are key advancements to millimeter-scale computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Energy Science and Engineering  Environment  Health  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Green Computing: Higher Energy Efficiency from Silicon to the Cloud

For decades, researchers and industry have been focused on increasing computing performance by increasing transistor density and shrinking the size of computing devices. But with the continued scaling of computing systems to sizes only theorized a decade ago, combined with the prevalence of mobile devices, social networking, cloud computing, and the cost of powering huge data centers, the computing paradigm has changed. Energy efficiency is now a primary consideration at all levels of computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Communications  Dick, Robert  Dutta, Prabal  Entrepreneurship  Environment  Flynn, Michael  Graduate Students  Health  Infrastructure  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Liu, Mingyan  MEMS and Microsystems  Millimeter-scale Computing  Mudge, Trevor  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Sarabandi, Kamal  Security (national and personal safety)  Security and Privacy (Computing)  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wenisch, Thomas  Wentzloff, David  Wise, Kensall  Yoon, Euisik  

Prof. David Wentzloff Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award

Prof. David Wentzloff received a Young Faculty Award for his project, "3D Wireless Interconnect for Crossbar Routing in Many-Core Processors," in the area of Micro/Nano-electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Sensing Sensors: NSF Funding News Ways to Monitor Infrastructure for Safety

Prof. Mike Flynn is leading a team of investigators in new theory and techniques for processing information from wireless sensor networks, with the goal of ensuring the nation's infrastructure. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Infrastructure  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Liu, Mingyan  Stark, Wayne E.  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications