Wireless sensor network research makes hot tech list12/8/2011
EE Times featured Michigan Engineering wireless sensor network technology on its list of 20 hot technologies to watch in 2012.
"Our work is unique in the sense that we're thinking about complete systems in which all the components are low-power and fit on the chip. We can collect data, store it and transmit it," Blaauw said. "The applications for systems of this size are endless."
Nearly invisible millimeter-scale systems that fit on a pen tip could enable ubiquitous computing. And that, the researchers say, is the next electronics frontier.
Wireless sensor networks could one day track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make virtually any object smart and trackable.
Sylvester and Blaauw have spun this technology out through the U-M start-up Ambiq Micro.
Article topics: Millimeter-Scale Computing
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