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Exploring the Limits of System Integration With Smart Dust

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Brett A. Warneke, Kristofer S. J. Pister

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Paper No. IMECE2002-39360, pp. 621-625; 5 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Microelectromechanical Systems
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Microelectromechanical Systems
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3642-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The Smart Dust project aims to explore the limits of system integration by packing an autonomous sensing, computing, and communication node into a cubic millimeter mote that will form the basis of massive distributed sensor networks, thus demonstrating that a complete system can be integrated into 1 mm3 . Effectively exploring this space requires new approaches to design that emphasize energy and volume constraints over all others. To this end a 16 mm3 autonomous solar-powered sensor node with bi-directional optical communication has been demonstrated, with smaller nodes forthcoming. System integration limits will shrink even further as carbon nanotube technology matures.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Dust



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