Sub-1mm Electronics for Actuating, Controlling, and Linking Programmable Matter

Period of Performance: 03/15/2012 - 12/14/2012


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Ambiq Micro
303 Camp Craft Road, Suite 350
Westlake Hills, TX 78746
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Michigan
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Institution POC


ABSTRACT: The scope of this effort is to study the technical feasibility of producing electronics for programmable matter that can generate high-voltage actuation signals; receive, store, and execute a program; harvest and store energy; and wirelessly communicate with other similar devices. The target power budget for the electronics is 10ìW, with a form-factor of 0.1 sqmm, with no dimension being larger than 700ìm. BENEFIT: Electrostatically actuated microrobotic devices utilizing the electronics developed in this program will be capable of self-assembly in order synthesize arbitrary shapes and collectively perform a variety of different functions. Commercial applications for programmable matter include rapid prototyping of products, and virtual reality communication systems. Surgical procedures and other medical applications may also benefit from a digital material capable of assuming arbitrary and reconfigurable shapes.