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Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Sustainable Energy and Low-Power Design Specialization

Achieving sustainability occurs by reducing the amount of energy consumed during manufacturing and throughout the lifetime of a device. Semiconductors play a key role in sustainable energy by enabling clean, renewable energy sources, and improving energy efficiency. As companies continue to push the boundaries on new features and functionality in small mobile devices, significant increases in hardware complexity, processing power, and overall power consumption are inevitable. The demand for improved battery life and energy-efficient devices are thus becoming more critical, and likely to rise as the usage of consumer electronics and connected devices grows.

Low-power design is a series of techniques that reduce power consumption, leading to longer battery life, lower maintenance costs, and greater sustainability. New advances in semiconductor technology, improved design automation, and artificial intelligence have led the way to greater energy-efficient hardware and software applications. For example, leveraging ultra-low-power microcontrollers within consumer electronics helps to reduce power consumption and enhance performance. Likewise, the use of advanced low-power wireless protocols is transforming the Internet of Things industry with longer battery life and sustained connections. Power harvesting technologies that capture and store energy from ambient sources such as the sun, temperature, movement, and wind are now being used to power devices.

Many industry leaders are also taking proactive steps in launching sustainability programs to counter the impact of semiconductor fabrication, such as water recycling and conservation, using renewable energy in manufacturing processes, and development of pollution prevention techniques.

In this track, you will learn various techniques in low-power design aimed at reducing the overall power consumption of an integrated circuit and creating more sustainable energy. This cutting-edge curriculum will prepare you with a holistic view of power, energy, and thermal properties of semiconductors and electronic devices to optimize power, achieve sustainability goals, and reduce impact on the environment.

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