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IMEC to exhibit tech at ISSCS 2011

Posted: 17 Feb 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:biomedical signal processor  reconfigurable transceiver  wireless personal healthcare  Human++ research programme 

The IMEC consortium is set to reveal research findings on topics ranging from healthcare to wireless communications and organic electronics at this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference, which opens February 20. Among the results to be presented are a biomedical signal processor, a reconfigurable transceiver that eliminates the need for SAW filters and a functional 8bit MCU made by organic thin-film transistors.

Topping the research list is CoolBio, a biomedical signal processor that consumes 13pJ/cycle when running an electrocardiogram algorithm at 1MHz and 0.4V operating voltage. The processor is voltage and performance scalable, and supports a frequency range of 1MHz up to 100MHz.

Another technical paper will detail 'Scaldio', a reconfigurable transceiver that eliminates the need for SAW filters. The IMEC approach is claimed as a breakthrough towards fully reconfigurable radios. The requirements of the antenna filters have been relaxed without compromising the transceiver's operation adhering to multiple wireless standards including 4G 3GPP-LTE.

In organic electronics progress, IMEC together with researchers from the Holst Centre and TNO will detail a functional 8bit microprocessor made by organic thin-film transistors processed directly onto flexible plastic foil.

In addition, ISSCC keynoter Jo De Boeck, senior VP IMEC/Holst Centre will cover IMEC's take on wireless personal healthcare and touch upon IMEC's Human++ research programme, which is developing technologies for body-area networks. De Beck will detail the next-generation multi-sensory "smart" patch, which promises to become a prime driver for a technology roadmap that will contain radical steps in efficient system energy consumption, signal acquisition, signal conditioning and wireless data transmission.

"There is rapid progress in-close and in-depth interactions between the medical and the electronics community illustrated by the worldwide healthcare-related trials with wireless sensors in body-area-network configurations," according to De Boeck. "With every new generation of technology and application algorithms, wearable wireless systems become less obtrusive and more autonomous."

IMEC representation on an evening panel session on wireless sensor network (WSN) systems will be shared by other researchers from Dust Networks, University of Michigan, Tohoku University & Memsas and CEA-Liten. The panellists aim to figure out why the WSN business is not booming and try to understand what additional innovations may be necessary to boost WSN adoption.

Hugo De Man from IMEC will join Takayasu Sakurai of University of Tokyo and Mark Howoritz of Stanford University in an ISSCC inaugural plenary technology-roundtable event to discuss the opportunities to achieve the next order-of-magnitude reduction in energy consumption across various domains, including analogue, digital, RF and memory. Other distinguished panellists will include Jack Sun of TSMC, consultant Dan Dobberpuhl, Kiyoo Itoh of Hitachi, Philippe Magarshack of STMicroelectronics, Asad Abidi of University of California, Los Angeles, and Hermann Eul of Infineon Technologies.

This year's International Solid State Circuit Conference is being held in San Francisco on February 20-24.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
  EE Times





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