Networked wireless microsensors cannot only monitor and manage power consumption in small and large-scale applications for space, military, medical, agricultural, and consumer markets but also add cost, energy and life-saving intelligence to large infrastructures and tiny devices in remote and difficult-to-reach places. Ultra-small systems, however, cannot store sufficient energy to sustain monitoring, interface, processing, and telemetry functions for long. Replacing or recharging the batteries of hundreds of networked nodes can be labor intensive, expensive, and oftentimes impossible. This is why alternate sources are the subject of ardent research today. Except power densities are low, and in many cases, intermittent, so supplying functional blocks is challenging. In addition, tiny lithium-ion batteries and super capacitors, while power dense, cannot sustain life for extended periods. This talk illustrates how emerging microelectronic systems can draw energy from elusive ambient sources to power tiny wireless sensors.
Gabriel A. Rincón-Mora has been Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) since 2001, Visiting Professor at National Cheng Kung University since 2011, was Adjunct Professor at Georgia Tech in 1999-2001, and Design Team Leader at Texas Instruments in 1994-2003. He is Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, Fellow of the IEEE, and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He was inducted into Georgia Tech's Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and named one of "The 100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business magazine. Other distinctions include the National Hispanic in Technology Award, Charles E. Perry Visionary Award, Three-Year Patent Award, Orgullo Hispano Award, Hispanic Heritage Award, and Commendation Certificate from former Lieutenant Governor Cruz M. Bustamante of California. His scholarly products include nine books, four book chapters, 42 patents, over 170 articles, 26 commercial power-chip designs, and 130 international speaking engagements.