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A multi-standard wireless power transmitter

Engineers develop a new technology for concurrently powering multiple devices that support different wireless standards San Diego, Calif., October 13, 2015 — A wireless charger that’s compatible with different consumer electronics from different brands is one step closer to becoming

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Prof. Mercier wins Beckman Young Investigator Award

Patrick Mercier is the first professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego to receive a Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Mercier, the co-director of

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Mouth guard monitors health markers, transmits information wirelessly to smart phone

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a mouth guard that can monitor health markers, such as lactate, cortisol and uric acid, in saliva and transmit the information wirelessly to a smart phone, laptop or tablet.  Read

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Magnetic fields provide a new way to communicate wirelessly

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body.  Read more about this work here. This work was also featured in dozens of press

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Book published: Ultra-Low-Power Short-Range Radios (Springer)

Patrick Mercier and Anantha Chandrakasan have published a new book exploring the design of ultra-low-power radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) that operate over distances ranging from a few centimeters to a few meters. The book features contributions from leading universities (UCSD, MIT, UW,

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Postdoc position available

We are currently looking for a post doctoral fellow to work in the EEMS lab on projects pertaining to ultra-low-power analog circuit design, mixed-signal circuits, biosensors, wearables, and/or implantable devices. The ideal applicant should have strong IC design and system-level design

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Two CICC and two EMBC papers

Congratulations to Hui Wang and Loai Salem, who will each be presenting papers at the 2015 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) in San Jose, California in September 2015.  Hui will be presenting his work on an ultra-low-power oscillator design, while

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Three papers at VLSI Symposium 2015

Congratulations to Loai Salem, Sohmyung Ha, and Chul Kim, who will be presenting papers on a high-efficiency, large voltage range switched-capacitor power management integrated circuit (PMIC), an integrated adiabatic stimulator for neuromodulation applications, and an integrated resonant regulating rectifier for

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UC San Diego Researchers Develop Next Generation Of Wearable Medical Devices

It wasn’t that long ago that you had to go to your doctor’s office to measure most of your vital signs. But now, you can buy wearable devices that measure your blood pressure, or even record the electrical activity of

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Prof. Mercier wins Hellman Fellowship Award

The Hellman fellowship is awarded to “young faculty in the core disciplines who show capacity for great distinction in their research and creative activities.”  Prof. Mercier plans to use this award to research and develop anatomically-miniaturized, energy-autonomous biomedical sensors and

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Prof. Mercier wins Graduate Teaching Award

Congratulations to Professor Mercier who has won the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Teaching Award for the 2012/2013 academic year.  This award is based on high student reviews and executed performance in ECE 283 (now called ECE 203):

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Two papers at ISSCC 2014

Congratulations to Loai Salem, who will be presenting a paper entitled “An 85%-Efficiency Fully Integrated 15-Ratio Recursive Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converter with 0.1-to-2.2V Output Voltage Range” at the 2014 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco, California.  ISSCC is regarded

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Annual Symposium Brings Research One Step Closer to ‘Holy Grail’ of Power Amplifiers

Researchers at UC San Diego, along with their industry counterparts, are working to make power amplifiers more energy efficient while at the same time capable of handling ever increasing amounts of data across the wireless spectrum.  Read an article about

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Two postdoc positions available

We are currently looking for up to two post doctoral fellows to work in the EEMS lab on projects pertaining to magnetic sensors and high-speed link design.  In both cases, the ideal applicant should have strong IC design and system-level

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Cover article!

The biochemical energy harvesting work in the inner-ear outlined in the previous posts was featured on the cover of the December 2012 issue of Nature Biotechnology.  This is the first time in about 13 years that electronics have appeared on the

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In the news: extracting energy from the biologic battery in the inner-ear

A group of researchers consisting of Patrick Mercier (principal investigator of the Energy-Efficient Microsystems Group), Andrew Lysaght, Saurav Bandyopadhyay, Anantha Chandrakasan, and Konstantina Stankovic have discovered how to extract power from the biologic battery that occurs naturally within the inner-ear of

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Bioelectronics in Nature

Work by Mercier and colleagues was highlighted in the journal Nature today.  More information can be found here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v491/n7423/full/491162c.html The project was completed with cross-disciplinary collaboration between MIT, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  

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Patrick Mercier joins the ECE department at UCSD

Patrick Mercier joins the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego as an Assistant Professor.  The ECE department is part of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD.

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Mercier and colleagues receive award at ISSCC, featured in Discovery News

Denis Daly, Patrick Mercier, Anantha Chandrakasan and colleagues from MIT, the University of Washington, and the University of Arizona receive the Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2010 (link to SSCS Magazine).

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