Christian C. Enz

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In all-wireless networks a crucial problem is to minimize energy consumption, as in most cases the nodes are battery-operated. We focus on the problem of power-optimal broadcast, for which it is well known that the broadcast nature of the radio transmission can be exploited to optimize energy consumption. Several authors have conjectured that the problem of(More)
A wireless sensor network consists of many energy-autonomous microsensors distributed throughout an area of interest. Each node monitors its local environment, locally processing and storing the collected data so that other nodes can use it. To optimize power consumption, the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology has developed WiseNET, an(More)
WiseMAC is a medium access control protocol designed for the WiseNET™ wireless sensor network. It is based on CSMA and uses the preamble sampling technique to minimize the power consumed when listening to an idle medium. A unique feature of this protocol is to exploit the knowledge of the sampling schedule of its direct neighbors in order to use a(More)
Inexact Circuits or circuits in which the accuracy of the output can be traded for energy or delay savings, have been receiving increasing attention of late due to invariable inaccuracies in designs as Moore's law approaches the low nanometer range, and a concomitant growing desire for ultra low energy systems. In this paper, we present a novel design-level(More)
In all-wireless networks, minimizing energy consumption is crucial as in most cases the nodes are battery-operated. We focus on the problem of power-optimal broadcast, for which it is well known that the broadcast nature of radio transmissions can be exploited to optimize energy consumption. This problem appears to be difficult to solve [30]. We provide a(More)
This paper presents a new parameter extraction methodology, based on an accurate and continuous MOS model dedicated to low-voltage and low-current analog circuit design and simulation (EKV MOST Model). The extraction procedure provides the key parameters from the pinch-off versus gate voltage characteristic, measured at constant current from a device biased(More)
This paper presents a BAW-based transceiver targeting wireless networks for biomedical applications. The use of high-Q microelectromechanical-systems resonators brings interesting benefits to the fundamental building blocks of the frequency synthesis, receiver, and transmitter and allows achieving at the same time low-power consumption, improved phase(More)
This chapter covers device and circuit aspects of low-power analog CMOS circuit design. The fundamental limits constraining the design of low-power circuits are first recalled with an emphasis on the implications of supply voltage reduction. Biasing MOS transistors at very low current provides new features but requires dedicated models valid in all regions(More)
Inexact and approximate circuit design is a promising approach to improve performance and energy efficiency in technology-scaled and low-power digital systems. Such strategy is suitable for error-tolerant applications involving perceptive or statistical outputs. This paper presents a novel architecture of an Inexact Speculative Adder with optimized hardware(More)
Owing to a growing desire to reduce energy consumption and widely anticipated hurdles to the continued technology scaling promised by Moore's law, techniques and technologies such as inexact circuits and probabilistic CMOS (PCMOS) have gained prominence. These radical approaches trade accuracy at the hardware level for significant gains in energy(More)