Monday, May 13, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
LINC 200

Speaker Information

Kannan A Sankaragomathi
Senior hardware engineer
Google Inc


Several emerging applications such as healthcare sensing, ambient computing and Internet of Things demand highly miniaturized wireless sensors that are order-of-magnitude smaller than the current state of the art sensors. These next generation wireless sensors also need to be cheap, standards compliant and long lasting to enable widespread commercial adoption. Energy sources (i.e batteries) and frequency references (typically quartz crystal) are proving to be a critical bottleneck in achieving many of these goals. Intense circuit design research in the past decade has pushed the envelope in finding alternatives for batteries and the quartz crystal. In this talk I will discuss a few of the systems I have been fortunate to work on.

a) A thin-Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator (FBAR) based quartz replacement.

b) A 27uW optically powered ‘barely subcutaneous’ biosensing platform.

c) A 0.004 mm3, 63 nW integrated circuit for an injectable glucose sensing system with optical power transfer

d) A 1.5mm3 standards compliant, PLL-free BLE broadcaster module

Speaker Bio

Kannan A Sankaragomathi, received his B.E. degree from the College of Engineering, Guindy, M.E. degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He, received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2015. After graduation he joined Google-X and is currently a senior hardware engineer at Google Inc. He has also held positions at Verily Life Sciences and Texas Instruments in the past. Kannan Sankaragomathi is a recipient of the 2008 Technoinventor award from the Indian Semiconductor Association, and the Joel M Kenney fellowship at the University of Washington. Since 2017, he serves on the technical program committee of ISLPED. His current research interests are in the area of low power IC design for sensing and computing applications.