1) Design of Soft-core embedded FPGA.
Embedded FPGAs are becoming appealing IPs to enhance modern SoCs, since technology scaling is enabling reconfigurability at lower area impact. This notwithstanding, to become effective eFPGAs should be highly adaptable to support application-specific optimization, in terms of DSP blocks, technology options and floorplan requirements. For that, goal of the research activity, in strict collaboraction with STMicroelectronics, is the design of a soft-core eFPGA template based on Multi- Stage Switching Network which couples high flexibility with a modular design approach based on the regular replication of few simple switch modules for the programmable routing.
2) Autonomous sensing and actuating IoT nodes.
The IoT paradigm is based on networks of nodes capable of sensing and actuating on the environment. Each node is battery powered so it has strict energy constraints in order to extend battery life. Different strategies and technologies are studied to reduce the nodes power consumption and to optimize the communication performance. As the radio consumption is the largest contributor to node power budget, radio Wake-Up technology is currently being studied to turn off the main transceiver while the communication is not needed.