Graduate testing wireless sensor networks in the automotive environment while working on her MSc dissertation, supervised at IMMS. Photograph: IMMS.
Graduate testing wireless sensor networks in the automotive environment while working on her MSc dissertation, supervised at IMMS. Photograph: IMMS.

Ultra-low-power mixed-signal temperature sensor design

With the increasing demands on functionality and the simultaneous miniaturization of device assemblies, application-specific System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions are becoming increasingly important. The current demand for low-power SoCs that are actively powered by batteries or passively cover their energy requirements with energy harvesters is already enormous. Typical applications are Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and Internet of Things (IoT).

We are looking for a master student to improve an ultra low power mixed signal design for a wireless sensor application. They are responsible for the architecture and circuit design of a mixed-signal temperature sensor with a power requirement of a few nJ/conversion for our next SoC generation. Your supervisor will assist you in your work with valuable design experience.

Tasks

  • Literature research for state-of-the-art ultra-low-power, high robustness, cost efficient sensor topologies
  • Design, simulation and layout of the sensor blocks
  • Publication of your novel solutions in IEEE conferences and journals

Desirable experience

  • Strong fundamental knowledge and experience in analog, mixed-signal circuit design
  • Experienced with EDA environment, e.g. Cadence simulation and layout tools
  • Experienced working in R&D environment with publications desirable.
  • Motivated and independent work style

Period

  • 6 months