Upcoming Event:

Ultra-low Power Circuit Design

IEEE Members and Friends,

Please join us Tuesday, May 21, 2013, for a dinner & presentation by MIT Professor and EECS Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan, courtesy of the MIT Club of Northern California

Location: PARC

3333 Coyote Hill Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Dinner & Networking 6:00 pm followed by 7:00 pm Presentation

Subject: Ultra-low Power Circuit Design

Speaker: Anantha Chandrakasan

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Cost: $35.00 IEEE members, $45.00 non members


From nanowatt to self-generating electronics, tomorrow’s designs will minimize the amount of energy required to make them work. Professor Chandrakasan, a leading researcher in low-power electronic design will share his insights into the world of energy-efficient circuits!

Next-generation portable multimedia devices and wireless sensors will require a dramatic reduction in energy consumption. Next generation wireless sensors will need to consume nanowatts to microwatts and operate using energy-harvesting techniques such as vibration-to-electric conversion, body heat or even biological energy sources. Advances in circuit design together with new device technology in storage, sensors, and energy-harvesting are making nano-power systems possible. Scaling to nano-power systems requires major advances to achieve high-efficiency. This presentation will cover low-power techniques including ultra-low-voltage digital circuit operation, application-specific architectures, data-driven processing, extreme parallelism, computation vs. communication trade-off, and integrated energy-processing circuits. Special attention must be placed on design for variability. On-chip energy monitors will allow fine-grained measurements and optimization. A system-level approach exploiting application attributes such as low-duty cycles or signal statistics must be used to optimize such devices. Efficient energy-processing circuits for generation, buffering, and conversion are critical in many applications. Professor Chandrakasan will show several system examples, covering self-powered wireless biomedical devices and portable multimedia devices.

About the Speaker:

Anantha Chandrakasan received his B.S, M.S. & Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, 1990, and 1994 respectively. Since September 1994, he has been a professor with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, until his promotion to EE/CS Department Head in 2012.

His research interests include micro-power digital and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, wireless micro-sensor system design, portable multimedia devices, energy efficient radios and emerging technologies. He is a co-author of Low Power Digital CMOS Design, Digital Integrated Circuits and Sub-threshold Design for Ultra-Low Power Systems. He is also a co-editor of Low Power CMOS Design, Design of High-Performance Microprocessor Circuits, and Leakage in Nanometer CMOS Technologies.

See you there-

Steve Jordan