Printed Electronics for Low-Cost Tags and Sensors



"Printed Electronics for Low-Cost Tags and Sensors "


Prof. Vivak Subramanian
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley


In recent years, there has been significant interest in the applications of printed electronics in the realization of fully-printed RFID tags and embedded sensors.  Printing of active circuitry is expected to enable a dramatic reduction in the overall cost of these systems, allowing for integration of electronic barcodes and product quality detection systems into consumer goods.

In this talk, I will review our work on developing materials, processes, devices, and circuit architectures for all-printed RFID and tags, and, based on these results, will evaluate the likely system constraints that will define such fully printed systems.  We have already realized a full range of printable transistors, diodes, passive components, and memories suitable for use in RFID applications.  Performance of these components is rapidly approaching the requisite levels for realization of simple RF Barcodes.  Based on robust models we have developed for our devices, I will review the circuit implications of the same and will review the likely topology and performance limits associated with fully printed RFID. Furthermore, I will review or work on developing a range of chemical and biosensors for use in low cost product quality monitoring and biosensing applications.

Speaker Background

Vivek Subramanian received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1998.

Dr. Subramanian co-founded Matrix Semiconductor, Inc., in 1998.  Since 2000, he has been at the Department of Electrical engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently an Associate Professor.  His current research focuses on printed electronics for display, low-cost logic, and sensing applications.

Dr. Subramanian is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has served on the technical committee for the Device Research Conference and the International Electron Device Meeting.  In 2002, he was nominated to Technology Review's list of top 100 young innovators (the TR100), and his work at Matrix Semiconductor was nominated to the Scientific American SA50 list for visionary technology.   Recent awards he has received include the Paul Rappaport Award for the best paper in an IEEE EDS journal, the IEEE Device Research Conference best paper award, and the distinguished teaching award from the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley.




Tuesday, April 22


Michael's Restaurant at Shoreline Park
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA  94043
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6 PM social hour 
7 PM dinner 
8 PM lecture


$30 with advance registration 
Half price for students, retired, and unemployed. (late fee still applies, if applicable) 
Free if you attend just the lecture at 8PM. (but please let us know for headcount)
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5 PM, Monday April 21

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broiled salmon with a lemon buerre blanc
chicken portabello
grilled vegetable brioche

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