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Research Bits: Aug. 23


Algae-powered microprocessor Engineers from the University of Cambridge, Arm Research, Scottish Association for Marine Science, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power an Arm Cortex M0+ microprocessor continuously for over a year. The algae, Synechocystis, is non-toxic and harvests energy from photosynthesis. The tiny electri... » read more

Technical Paper Round-Up: July 26


New technical papers added to Semiconductor Engineering’s library this week. [table id=41 /] Semiconductor Engineering is in the process of building this library of research papers. Please send suggestions (via comments section below) for what else you’d like us to incorporate. If you have research papers you are trying to promote, we will review them to see if they are a good fit f... » read more

Research Bits: July 26


Photonic computing with polarization Researchers at the University of Oxford and University of Exeter developed a method that uses the polarization of light to maximize information storage density and computing performance using nanowires. The researchers note that different polarizations of light do not interact with each other, allowing each to be used as an independent information channe... » read more

HW/SW Co-Design to Configure DNN Models On Energy Harvesting Devices


New technical paper titled "EVE: Environmental Adaptive Neural Network Models for Low-Power Energy Harvesting System" was published by researchers at UT San Antonio, University of Connecticut, and Lehigh University. According to the abstract: "This paper proposes EVE, an automated machine learning (autoML) co-exploration framework to search for desired multi-models with shared weights for... » read more

Energy Harvesting Starting To Gain Traction


Tens of billions of IoT devices are powered by batteries today. Depending on the compute intensity and the battery chemistry, these devices can run steadily for short periods of time, or they can run occasionally for decades. But in some cases, they also can either harvest energy themselves, or tap into externally harvested energy, allowing them to work almost indefinitely. Energy harvesting... » read more

Photovoltaic Cell Harvests Energy After Sun Goes Down


New research paper "Nighttime electric power generation at a density of 50 mW/m2 via radiative cooling of a photovoltaic cell" from Stanford, supported by U.S. Department of Energy and the Strategic Energy Alliance program at Stanford University. Abstract: "A large fraction of the world's population lacks access to the electric grid. Standard photovoltaic (PV) cells can provide a renewabl... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Feb. 15


3D printed piezoelectrics Researchers at University of Notre Dame and Purdue University developed a hybrid 3D printer that combines multi-material aerosol jet printing and extrusion printing, integrating both functional and structural materials into a single printing platform. They used it to create an all-printed piezoelectric wearable device. The stretchable piezoelectric sensors conform ... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Feb. 1


Seaweed-inspired energy harvesting Researchers from Dalian Maritime University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Sun Yat-sen University developed flexible power generators that mimic the way seaweed sways to efficiently convert surface and underwater waves into electricity to power marine-based devices. Networks of sensors are spread across coastal zones, collecting information on curre... » read more

Energy Harvesting and Power Management for IoT Devices in the 5G Era


Abstract: "The fifth-generation (5G) network is a fast-growing technology that impacts personal devices for both society and the economy. With the widespread Internet of Things (IoT) devices in such networks, powering and exploring energy to operate them is vital in the 5G era. Therefore, projecting and forecasting how to power IoT devices in the 5G network have already begun, with an aspira... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Jan. 3


Optical device integration Researchers from the University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow, and the Australian National University propose a way to place multiple micron-scale optical devices made from different materials close together on a single silicon chip. “The development of electronics that are based on silicon transistors has enabled increasingly more powerful and flexible ... » read more

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