This month, we explore examples of imec's basic research aiming to reduce power consumption to ultra-low levels in mixed-signal platforms.A couple years ago we started hearing about how Moore’s Law was running into the laws of physics. To keep getting faster, digital circuits had to undergo some fundamental research and rethinking. With that, we’re seeing both the proliferation of asymmetric multicore and continuing progress on process, geometries, and materials that will keep things interesting for years to come.
Mixed-signal platforms are experiencing the same type of transformation. They’re driving things like data acquisition and wireless sensor networks and need to be battery-powered or driven from a harvesting scheme, thus falling into the ultra-low-power category.[Continue reading →]