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    A low-power circuit for piezoelectric vibration control by synchronized switching on voltage sources

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    In the paper, a vibration damping system powered by harvested energy with implementation of the so-called SSDV (synchronized switch damping on voltage source) technique is designed and investigated. In the semi-passive approach, the piezoelectric element is intermittently switched from open-circuit to specific impedance synchronously with the structural vibration. Due to this switching procedure, a phase difference appears between the strain induced by vibration and the resulting voltage, thus creating energy dissipation. By supplying the energy collected from the piezoelectric materials to the switching circuit, a new low-power device using the SSDV technique is proposed. Compared with the original self-powered SSDI (synchronized switch damping on inductor), such a device can significantly improve its performance of vibration control. Its effectiveness in the single-mode resonant damping of a composite beam is validated by the experimental results.Comment: 11 page

    Radiation effects on three low-power microcircuits

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    Irradiation of several low power circuit elements by Co-60 gamma radiation, low and high energy electrons, and neutrons is discussed. The bipolar circuits were SE480 Q NAND gate, and a micropower frequency divider was used in electronic wrist watches. The MOS device was a dual p-channel MOSFET

    Ultra-Low Power Circuit Design for Miniaturized IoT Platform

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    This thesis examines the ultra-low power circuit techniques for mm-scale Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. The IoT devices are known for their small form factors and limited battery capacity and lifespan. So, ultra-low power consumption of always-on blocks is required for the IoT devices that adopt aggressive duty-cycling for high power efficiency and long lifespan. Several problems need to be addressed regarding IoT device designs, such as ultra-low power circuit design techniques for sleep mode and energy-efficient and fast data rate transmission for active mode communication. Therefore, this thesis highlights the ultra-low power always-on systems, focusing on energy efficient optical transmission in order to miniaturize the IoT systems. First, this thesis presents a battery-less sub-nW micro-controller for an always-operating system implemented with a newly proposed logic family. Second, it proposes an always-operating sub-nW light-to-digital converter to measure instant light intensity and cumulative light exposure, which employs the characteristics of this proposed logic family. Third, it presents an ultra-low standby power optical wake-up receiver with ambient light canceling using dual-mode operation. Finally, an energy-efficient low power optical transmitter for an implantable IoT device is suggested. Implications for future research are also provided.PHDElectrical EngineeringUniversity of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studieshttps://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/145862/1/imhotep_1.pd


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    With this disclosure, we can activate debug LEDs manually when we need them, especially for the service team. Service usually requires debug LEDs on the boards to easily determine whether the board power is normal or not. But with more LEDs, comes more power consumption, and more chances to have light leakage. When a system is power consumption sensitive, or has lots of opening on its chassis, this design can solve the low power and special chassis problems

    A low-noise, low-power circuit for impedance measurement of biological processes

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    Ultra-Low Power Circuit Design for Cubic-Millimeter Wireless Sensor Platform.

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    Modern daily life is surrounded by smaller and smaller computing devices. As Bell’s Law predicts, the research community is now looking at tiny computing platforms and mm3-scale sensor systems are drawing an increasing amount of attention since they can create a whole new computing environment. Designing mm3-scale sensor nodes raises various circuit and system level challenges and we have addressed and proposed novel solutions for many of these challenges to create the first complete 1.0mm3 sensor system including a commercial microprocessor. We demonstrate a 1.0mm3 form factor sensor whose modular die-stacked structure allows maximum volume utilization. Low power I2C communication enables inter-layer serial communication without losing compatibility to standard I2C communication protocol. A dual microprocessor enables concurrent computation for the sensor node control and measurement data processing. A multi-modal power management unit allowed energy harvesting from various harvesting sources. An optical communication scheme is provided for initial programming, synchronization and re-programming after recovery from battery discharge. Standby power reduction techniques are investigated and a super cut-off power gating scheme with an ultra-low power charge pump reduces the standby power of logic circuits by 2-19× and memory by 30%. Different approaches for designing low-power memory for mm3-scale sensor nodes are also presented in this work. A dual threshold voltage gain cell eDRAM design achieves the lowest eDRAM retention power and a 7T SRAM design based on hetero-junction tunneling transistors reduces the standby power of SRAM by 9-19× with only 15% area overhead. We have paid special attention to the timer for the mm3-scale sensor systems and propose a multi-stage gate-leakage-based timer to limit the standard deviation of the error in hourly measurement to 196ms and a temperature compensation scheme reduces temperature dependency to 31ppm/°C. These techniques for designing ultra-low power circuits for a mm3-scale sensor enable implementation of a 1.0mm3 sensor node, which can be used as a skeleton for future micro-sensor systems in variety of applications. These microsystems imply the continuation of the Bell’s Law, which also predicts the massive deployment of mm3-scale computing systems and emergence of even smaller and more powerful computing systems in the near future.Ph.D.Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studieshttp://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/91438/1/sori_1.pd

    Variation Resilient Adaptive Controller for Subthreshold Circuits

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    Subthreshold logic is showing good promise as a viable ultra-low-power circuit design technique for power-limited applications. For this design technique to gain widespread adoption, one of the most pressing concerns is how to improve the robustness of subthreshold logic to process and temperature variations. We propose a variation resilient adaptive controller for subthreshold circuits with the following novel features: new sensor based on time-to-digital converter for capturing the variations accurately as digital signatures, and an all-digital DC-DC converter incorporating the sensor capable of generating an operating operating Vdd from 0V to 1.2V with a resolution of 18.75mV, suitable for subthreshold circuit operation. The benefits of the proposed controller is reflected with energy improvement of up to 55% compared to when no controller is employed. The detailed implementation and validation of the proposed controller is discussed