Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Leveraging the Advantages of Large-Area Electronics and CMOS ICs in Hybrid Systems and Circuits

Liechao Huang
Engineering Quadrangle J401
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Through five decades of Moores-law scaling, Integrated Circuits (ICs) have resulted in high-value functions, integrated with tremendous variety and capacity. Though excelling at computation, ICs have their drawbacks in interfacing with the physical world due to their form factor and limited ability to implement transducers (sensors, actuators, energy harvesters, etc.). On the other hand, by enabling diverse, flexible and large-scale transducers, Large-area Electronics (LAE) raises the potential for electronic systems to interact much more extensively with the physical world than is possible today. This can substantially expand the scope of applications, both in number and in value. Thus it is necessary to combine LAE with high-performance, high-efficiency technologies, such as crystalline silicon CMOS ICs, within hybrid systems to leverage the advantages of both technologies.
In this PhD work, we explore hybrid power management, wireless communication, sensing and instrumentation subsystems designed by employing new system architectures, circuit topologies, and specific algorithms. The top-down evaluation of design alternatives within the hybrid design space and pursuit of template architectures exposes circuit functions and device optimizations traditionally overlooked by bottom up approaches alone.