Anantha Chandrakasan


Active Projects

Terminal 2020

Multimedia applications, such as video playback, computational photography and speech processing, are becoming increasingly pervasive on battery-operated portable multimedia devices such as smartphones and tablets. High computational complexity of such applications requires efficient hardware implementations for real-time energy-efficient processing. The Terminal 2020 project explores power reduction techniques at various design stages (algorithms, architectures and circuits) to enable efficient integration of such applications on portable devices.

Research Team

Nathan Ickes, Chiraag Juvekar, Michael Price, Priyanka Raina, Rahul Rithe, Patricia Suriana, Mehul Tikekar

Platforms for ultra-low power biomedical electronics

This group works on a diverse range of biomedical systems where the potential exists for dramatically reduced energy consumption or breakthrough applications of electronic integrated circuits. A number of areas are currently under exploration including energy-efficient ultrasound ICs, wireless transceivers, wireless power transfer, ECG acquisition circuits, and bacterial-CMOS interfaces. The design is informed by the biomedical scenario and begins by understanding the fundamental system-level tradeoffs between energy consumption and system parameters such as up-time, sampling frequency, and signal-to-noise. The next phase is the development of new integrated circuit architectures and techniques that leverage these tradeoffs dynamically as the available energy and desired performance changes.

Research Team

Kailiang Chen, Nachiket Desai, Sungjae Ha, Rui Jin, Bonnie Lam, Sunghyuk Lee, Phillip Nadeau, Marcus Yip

Self-Powered Wireless Sensors

Sensing, data processing, and communication are essential functions of a useful sensor node, whether used in industrial, health or sports monitoring applications. Long battery lifetimes are required for these sensors, and the small size requirements imply small energy storage/harvesting capability. This project aims to achieve energy self-sufficiency through system level optimizations including energy harvesting and processing circuits, sensor interfaces and ADCs, RF transmitters and wireless protocol design.

Research Team

Georgios Angelopoulos, Dina El-Damak, Nathan Ickes, Samuel Jacobs, Arun Paidimarri, Frank Yaul

Energy efficient and energy processing circuits

The focus in this area is design techniques and architecture-level solutions to achieve energy-efficient systems and circuits. We also focus on efficient energy processing systems. The broad scope of the group covers ultra-low-power memories, many-core energy-aware processors, 3D-IC integration, interconnects, wireless circuits, integrated switched capacitor power converters, energy-processing and characterization of GaN devices for power converters.

Research Team

Saurav Bandyopadhyay, Avishek Biswas, Sushmit Goswami, Sunghyun Park, Yildiz Sinangil, Evangelos Taratoris, Gilad Yahalom, Theresa Yeh, DongNi Zhang


Completed Projects

MIT Sub_Threshold Circuits Group

The MIT Sub-Threshold Circuits Group explores energy-efficient techniques that take advantage of sub-threshold operation. The group's work span different levels of abstraction, from analyzing the optimal energy point of a given system, modeling energy characteristics of sub-threshold circuits, to developing circuit styles for logic and memory elements that operate at ultra-low voltages. Current projects involve sub-threshold circuit design and techniques to mitigate the effects of variations.

MIT UWB Project

The MIT Ultra-Wideband group addresses a wide range of circuit and system issues related to UWB communication including signaling schemes, channel models and channel estimation techniques, interferer detection and rejection techniques, architectural trade-offs, energy-efficient wideband circuit techniques, and antenna design. The group has developed and demonstrated a complete wireless communication link using impulse UWB signaling. The current research focuses on developing a highly energy efficient architecture and chipset for 500MHz channelized communication in the 3.1-10.6GHz band. A complete network testbed is being developed in collaboration with researchers in LIDS, RLE and CSAIL.

The MIT µAMPS Project

This group focuses on innovative energy-optimized solutions at all levels of the system hierarchy including: physical layer (e.g., tranceiver design), data link layer (packetization and encapsulation), medium access layer (multi-user communication with emphasis on scalability), network/transport layer (routing and aggregation schemes), session/presentation layer (real-time distributed OS), and application layer (innovative applications). The research investigates techniques to optimize for energy efficiency vertically across the protocol stack.


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SuperUROP: Advanced research gives EECS undergraduates the big picture

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Industry finds ‘top-notch engineering students’ in SuperUROP

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SuperUROP raises bar for undergraduate research and innovation

“The MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) held a kickoff reception at the Stata Center on Sept. 26 for 80 of its juniors and seniors ... Read more

MIT’s EECS department embraces student leadership

“When Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, took the helm of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in 2011, he quickly set two big ideas into motion. Read more

First ‘SuperUROPs’ cap off inaugural year - EECS program immerses undergraduates in advanced research projects.

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MIT retools to aid students with startups

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Start6 inspires student engineers to become entrepreneurs

Anantha Chandrakasan, says that Start6 is a new opportunity for MIT's engineering students and postdoctoral candidates to dive into “everything entrepreneurship — particularly as it relates to EECS." Read more

Drew Houston and Bob Langer encourage Start6 students at completion of IAP workshop

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Cochlear implants — with no exterior hardware

A cochlear implant that can be wirelessly recharged would use the natural microphone of the middle ear rather than a skull-mounted sensor. Read more

MIT researchers build Quad HD TV chip

A new video standard enables a fourfold increase in the resolution of TV screens, and an MIT chip was the first to handle it in real time. Read more


Quick, efficient chip cleans up common flaws in amateur photographs. Read more

Medical devices powered by the ear itself

For the first time, researchers power an implantable electronic device using an electrical potential – a natural battery – deep in the inner ear. Read more

Chandrakasan lab optimizes power delivery with multi-source energy harvesting chips

Researchers at MIT have taken a significant step toward battery-free monitoring systems – which could ultimately be used in biomedical devices, environmental sensors in remote locations and gauges in hard-to-reach spots, among other applications. Read more

Chandrakasan selected for 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits

MIT EECS Department Head is the 2013 recipient of the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits. The citation for the award reads "For pioneering techniques in low-power digital and analog CMOS design." Read more