Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

ECE in the News

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. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Chen, Peter  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Ambiq Micro Announces $15 Million Funding Round

ECE startup Ambiq Micro, a leader in ultra-low power integrated circuits for power-sensitive applications, announced that is has closed a $15 million Series C funding round to accelerate the development and marketing of its SPOT (Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology) platform. [More about Ambiq Micro] [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Technology Transfer  

Technological implants will allow us to improve our bodily functions

Trans-humanism isn't just about appearance. Bulky night-vision goggles have been used for years by the armed forces, but scientists at the University of Michigan [Prof. Zhaohui Zhong and his group] recently unveiled technology that could lead to contact lenses that allow the wearer to see in the dark. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graphene  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wearable electronics  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Long-Lived Blue OLED Could Lead to Better Displays

Many displays in smartphones and televisions generate red and green light with phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes but use more energy-hungry fluorescent devices for blue. That's because blue PHOLEDs only last for a couple of days. Now Prof. Stephen Forrest and his group have found a way to extend the lifetime of blue PHOLEDs by a factor of 10, bringing them much closer to commercial use. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Displays  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

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  

Low-Power Laser Could Speed CPUs

Prof. Bhattacharya's breakthrough room-temperature polariton laser enables commercialization of the technology. One potential application discussed by the author is to enable on-chip optical interconnects. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

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  

US Researchers Develop Room Temperature Polariton Laser

Device could be future optical replacement for on-chip wires. Scientists from the University of Michigan (Prof. Bhattacharya) and Intel Corporation in the US have demonstrated what appears to be the first electrically powered, room-temperature polariton laser. The device, based on a GaN-based microcavity diode, could advance efforts to replace on-chip wire connections with lasers, leading to smaller and more powerful electronics, say the researchers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  

Tailor-made surface swaps light polarization

A new approach to manipulating light using two-dimensional metamaterials called metasurfaces offers a compact alternative to traditional methods. The researchers believe the basic geometry of cascading patterned metallic sheets can provide the basis for cleverly designing and fabricating a broad range of optical devices, including symmetric circular polarizers, polarization rotators, and asymmetric linear polarizers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  Metamaterials  

Cockroaches rule! And heres why

Cockroaches actually have much to teach in the realm of robust systems - something we want in our technology. The article references a recent video featuring Prof. Shai Revzen's work in applying cockroach lessons to robotics. [Full Story]

Semitransparent PV cells go designer

Prof. Jay Guo and his team have engineered what are believed to be the first semitransparent, colored photovoltaic cells. Broadening the use of solar power while maintaining aesthetic appeal for all kinds of environments, this technology could become energy-harvesting billboards on the sides of buildings, solar window shades in our homes and even stained glass, Guo said. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  

Business Adapts to a New Style of Computer

"For more than a decade technologists have predicted and argued about the onslaught of these ubiquitous devices [Internet of Things]. 'There is lot of quibbling about what to call it, but theres little doubt that were seeing the inklings of a new class of computer,' says David Blaauw, who leads a lab at the University of Michigan that makes functioning computers no bigger than a typed letter o." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

Silicon Valley to Get a Cellular Network, Just for Things

Prof. David Blaauw comments on What's Next - which in this article means the Internet of Things, and the need for a wireless network for "things" rather than person-to-person communication. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld

"Today terahertz detectors are commonplace in airports, where you enter a glass-walled chamber while the detector swings around you, snooping under your clothes for weapons. Now researchers have found a way to downsize the detector portion of those machines into chip-sized devices." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Terahertz Technology  

Eye of the Tiger: U.S. Army Eyes Night Vision Contact Lenses

"Were talking featherweight futuristic night vision awesomeness here, Iron Man soldier suit style, without the hulking suit. They seem almost as cool as Googles blood glucose-level tracking contacts." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graphene  Sensors  

PsiKicks batteryless sensors poised for coming Internet of Things

Infrared Sensor Could Lead to Night Vision Contact Lenses (with video)

The Heritage of Mead & Conway: What Has Remained the Same, What Has Changed, What Was Missed, and What Lies Ahead

This recent Point of View article in the Proceedings of the IEEE reflects upon the impact of the vision and ideas of Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway and her collaborator Carver Mead of Caltech, and the work the two did in ushering in the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Conway, Lynn  

Have New Cars Gone Haywire?

ECE Professor Jim Freudenberg comments on the increasing complexity of automobile electronics with Discovery News. Commenting on this, he said that the complexity of software in a vehicle is daunting, and added that the average Ford in 2010 had 10 million lines of code, more than the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Freudenberg, James S.  

Guo: Science World - Beautiful Energy

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Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  

Night-Vision Contact Lenses that use Infrared Technology

Stained Glass Windows that Double as Solar Panels

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Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  

Graphene Gives You Infrared Vision in a Contact Lens

Taking a step toward a machine that can think

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Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

After two years, bipedal robot takes steps outside

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Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Halderman: The Washington Post - News sites could protect your privacy with encryption. Heres why they probably wont.

MABEL the Robot - Video Friday

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Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs

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Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

No Big Deal, Just a Robot Walking Around Campus

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Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

10 Coolest DARPA Projects

Forrest: MLive - Michigans $1.33B research enterprise

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Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Ambiq Micro (Blaauw - Sylvester): Market Wired - Ambiq Micro Closes $10M Series B Funding Led by Austin Ventures

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Related Topics:  Technology Transfer  

Lu: FOX Detroit - Image processing 1,000 times fast

DARPA Funds Neural Image Processor

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Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

Creating the Carl Lewis of robots: Researchers at Penn give latest project legs

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Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Crossbar takes on DRAM and flash storage...

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Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

Crossbar Enters Race to Change Memory Chips

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Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

ReRAM Startup Bets on Silver

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Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

Laser can identify substances, could be military tool

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Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  

from 2 to 2.5 microns at a 25 W output, 50 W coming this year

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Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  

Sarabandi: Motherboard - This Gun Radar Could Make Concealed Carry Obselete

Penny-Sized Vacuum System Could Help Detect Chemical Weapons

1,000 times less energy needed for alternative polariton laser

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Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Polariton Lasers Light Up at Low Power

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Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Sarabandi: Michigan Public Radio Podcast: Building Better Security Screening Systems

Carmon: Nature Photonics - View from... 2013 Photonics West: Solid Cooling

Najafi, Peterson: Kurzweil - Low-cost precise navigation without GPS

Tech Transfer, Accuri Cytometers, Arborlight: CBS News - UM Startups Amaze As Tech Tour Continues

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Related Topics:  Technology Transfer  

Sarabandi: Slate - How New Military Technologies Can Help Prevent the Next Boston or Newtown

Najafi, Peterson: Wired - Darpas New Navigation Tool Is Smaller Than a Penny

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Related Topics:  GPS  Najafi, Khalil