RF cochlea, a low-power, ultra-broadband radio chip attached to an antenna. (Credit: Donna Coveney/MIT)
Associate Professor Rahul Sarpeshkar, left, and graduate student Soumyajit Mandal display their RF cochlea (Credit: Donna Coveney/MIT)
The human body is a fascinating, well-oiled machine forged and perfected by hundreds of millions of years of evolution. So, when two MIT researchers were looking for a highly efficient design for a spectrum analysis chip, they turned to one of the most efficient designs in nature — the human inner ear — with outstanding results that will bring us 'smart radios' and transmitters capable of adaptively maximizing bandwidth and data transmission rates across all fields of communication.
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