Versatile Electronic Systems

Within just a few years, the number of existing wireless electronic devices will be in excess of four times the world’s human population; they will be used for countless “smart” applications beyond communications, city and urban planning, and agriculture to include other applications unimaginable today. Ericsson Corporation estimates that by the year 2021, 28 billion electronic devices will be connected wirelessly, with the largest two categories of devices being sensors (14.2B) and mobile phones (8.6B). However, the functions of these devices are broad and they often have widely different requirements and tradeoffs. Our research delves into the difficult challenge of engineering devices that are highly versatile and simultaneously energy efficient and tunable to meet the ever-broadening application demands of the future.

Our research focuses on the three areas in which electronics can benefit the most from versatility: communications, haptics, and sensing.

Research basis of versatile electronic systems. Devices are designed to take advantage of quantum mechanical phenomena to enable broader device capabilities.