Available Technologies by Category
Scalable Manufacturing Approach of Graded Polymer Thin Film Has Potential for Widespread Use
  • Combines slot die coating with a custom roll-to-roll imaging system to allow for efficient, rapid, and scalable fabrication of high-quality gradient thin films.
  • An improved manufacturing process over existing techniques because it uses broad material combinations and yields higher quality patterned thin films.
  • Incorporates multiple materials to increase the application of patterned thin films across industries, including microelectronics, energy technologies, and environmental systems.
Overvoltage Surge Protection System for Distributed Energy Resources
  • iMOV is a dynamic system capable of achieving voltage surge clamping within 20% of the system’s nominal voltage. This effectively provides protection for highly sensitive semiconductors present in DER-associated power converters. 
  • This system is built upon a metal oxide varistors (MOV) foundation, whose material composition inherently allows rapid device connection of 500 picoseconds for quicker response times. 
  • iMOV uses integrated microprocessors and sensors in a cloud-based architecture that provides protection against cyberattacks, reduces system cost, and allows system and power grid monitoring.
Soft Wireless Sternal Patch for Detecting Systemic Vasoconstriction Using Photoplethysmography
  • A wireless, soft sternal patch includes integrated skin-like, photolithographically patterned electronics specifically tuned to continuously measure vasoconstriction from the sternum.
  • In overnight trials, the device detected sleep apnea and hypopnea with 95% precision and 100% sensitivity compared to data professionally scored by licensed clinicians.
  • Use of this patch on the chest could improve detection of key markers of numerous harmful health conditions.
Intelligent Eye-Tracking System Offers Next-Gen Technology for Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) Applications
  • This system uses an AI accelerator chip with 4X higher throughput to achieve over 300 FPS, greatly improving processing speed without loss of accuracy.
  • EyeCoD achieves faster communication time by using a lens-less camera that reduces distance between the camera and the accelerator chip.
  • Using a “predict-then-focus” model, this system creates highly accurate images as well as improves visual privacy.
Metasurface Enables Rapid, Sensitive, and Low-Cost Permittivity Characterization of Dielectric Materials at Radio Frequencies
  • Characterize complex permittivity of dielectric materials at radio frequencies quickly and at lower cost than with existing techniques. 
  • The electronically reconfigurable system allows integration of active electronics for tunability and eliminates the need for several masks to achieve the needed bandwidth.
  • Measure individual frequencies by swapping out only the metasurfaces, which can be used on a wide range of sample thicknesses.
Patient-Centered Biofeedback Headset Can Isolate, Monitor, and Analyze Vocal Output in Real Time for Optimal Voice Modulation in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Innovative headset offers real-time haptic feedback for vocal improvement and increased patient autonomy.
  • Device stores easily accessible data for therapist review and fine-tuning of preset therapeutic thresholds to continually improve vocal output.
  • Lightweight, low-profile, battery-powered headset are favorable for all-day wear and use omnidirectional microphones for optimal comfort.
D-Band Vector Modulator Phase Shifter (VMPS) Achieves Higher Bandwidth
  • Uses tapered delay lines at the input to generate differential quadrature signals that enable wider bandwidth and result in higher speed communications
  • Reaches a moderate gain of 1.5 decibels at a center frequency of 128 GHz, while simultaneously achieving higher bandwidth of 35 GHz than any other mmWave VMPS in silicon
  • Has low power consumption, using only 20.3 mW of average DC power from a 1.5 V supply
High-Performance Analog Processor Offers Potential to Expand Capabilities of Radio Frequency (RF) Systems
  • TRAFFIC is the first generalized, high-performance analog finite impulse response processor technology that enables direct throughput processing of RF signals within the RF and microwave spectrums.
  • The device enables multiple-function RF capabilities and significantly reduces the size, weight, and power requirements of RF technologies.
  • TRAFFIC has unique performance benefits that allow it to operate reliably in extreme environments, including high performance across wide temperature ranges and radiation-intense applications.
Parametric Resonance Approach for Efficient, Versatile Acoustic Power Transfer for Implantable/Wearable Devices, Sensing, and Communications
  • New class of transducers utilizes parametric resonance to convert acoustic energy from an ultrasonic source to a sustained electrical signal. 
  • Technology powers implantable biomedical devices, small wearable sensors, and other wireless charging applications.
  • Simple yet robust generation of stable electromechanical frequency combs is also possible in both air and liquid environments using a capacitive micro-resonator array.
7635, 9075
DetectIV Offers Noninvasive Early IV Infiltration and Extravasation Detection
  • DetectIV provides a continuous, noninvasive, and wireless IV infiltration and extravasation detection system. 
  • The sensor does not cover the IV site and works well with all skin types—significant improvements over existing detection devices. 
  • The device detects infiltrations on average 2 hours ahead of nursing standard of care making it an effective early detection system that prevents extended hospital stays. 
Thin Current Spreading Layers Improve Breakdown Performance
  • Increases current uniformity: Improves cumulative current flow distribution from ~40% to ~100% of the p-type contact
  • Improves breakdown performance: Avoids premature breakdown at the mesa edges making quasi-vertical devices comparable in performance to more expensive vertical devices.
  • Improves Immunity to Etch Variation: Because current flow is no longer crowded along the mesa edges, process related variations in the mesa etching are less important to the diode performance.
p-type Be-Doped AlN Films and Layered Films
  • Enabling: Leverages MME method to provide the first access to p-type AlN:Be films, a superior ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor material good for high-power, high-temperature diodes and transistors
  • Ease of fabrication: Avoids costly and complicated methods unfavorable for beryllium doping
  • Improved breakdown performance: Achieves high reverse breakdown voltage—a significant advantage over WBG materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and GaN
8810, 8666, 8786
Spin-Coated Polymer Collars Prevent Solder Wicking
  • Extend product lifespan: Increasing the stability of the contact between socket paddles and the Au surface allows for the BGAs to be in use longer
  • Stability: Adding the mechanical reinforcement of the polymer collars allows for stronger thermodynamically stable solder joints
  • Simple manufacturing: Spin coating the polymer onto the package is a simple manufacturing process.
Fully Passive, Long-Range Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) via 5G
  • Large coverage: Provides a unique combination of large angular coverage and turn-on sensitivity in both planar and bent configurations
  • Long range: Demonstrates the potential for RFIDs with practical reading ranges over 1.8 km
  • Scalable: Scales in size to a precise degree, enabling selection of the optimal tradeoff between size and harvested power/reading range
8141, 8439
Adaptive Broadband Impedance Matching in Ultrasound Front-End Electronics
  • High performance: Improves power transfer and acoustic reflectivity
  • Flexible: Enables multimodal and tunable operation of CMUTs
  • Efficient: Provides optimal matching for co-design of CMUT electronics
A Low-Loss Broadband Quadrature Signal Generation Technique for Highly Balanced Signals
  • Superior: Provides lower loss, wider bandwidth, better mismatch reduction, zero power consumption, and more balanced quadrature signals compared with other currently available technologies
  • Validated: Achieves an average IRR of 37.5 dB across 40-76 GHz and 33.5 dB across 40-102 GHz, with each stage of the network enhancing IRR by approximately 8 dB in verification of proof-of-concept image-reject mixers
  • Convenient: Eliminates the need for additional calibration and tuning and has reduced sensitivity to fabrication process variations
Heat Dissipation for Microelectronic Systems via Capillary Trap
  • Effective: Dissipates large heat fluxes via 3D heat spreading and evaporative cooling that could approach kW/cm2 and beyond while keeping the surface temperature under 90oC
  • Preventive: Mitigates coolant dry-out at the critical heat flux levels that result in a rapid and large temperature rise and thus cause device burn-out
  • Efficient: Exploits high cooling capabilities associated with phase-change heat transfer through evaporation
A First-of-its-Kind, Ultra-Low Voltage Single-Element Amplified Backscatter System
  • Streamlined: Uses a single element—one tunnel diode with few passive components—to achieve dual functionality of simultaneous oscillation and reflection-amplification
  • Efficient: Combines the features of conventional RFIDs and tunnel diode-based reflection amplifiers while using an extremely low biasing voltage of only 88 mV, consuming only 20 μW, and offering a reflection gain of 48 dB
  • Long range: Provides the highest observed gain in the literature for a given input power
Highly Effective Motion Capture Marker for Small Aerial Robots
  • Robust: Improves the reliability and accuracy of the motion capture measurement by eliminating excessive reflection
  • Easy to use: Consists of only a miniature driver circuit and illumination stripe while requiring a simple plug-in power supply to operate
  • Lightweight: Accommodates small robots with limited payload capacity—total weight of an active marker is approximately 1 gram
Soft-Switching, Solid-State Transformers and Converters
  • Cost savings- larger transformers are expensive to build and costly to maintain
  • Space savings- simple, symmetrical architecture with minimal device and component count
  • Higher reliability- less power losses