Many U.S. colleges serve as cradles for wireless technology research, using the known-how of students to spur innovation. Most recently, Ericsson and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) agreed to collaborate on major research projects to design hardware to power the next generation of 5G and 6G mobile networks.
To improve the compute power, speed and energy efficiency of cognitive networks, Ericsson Research and the MIT Materials Research Laboratory are researching new designs in lithionic chips that enable neuromorphic computing, offering exponentially more energy efficient artificial intelligence (AI) processing.
“This research could enable fully cognitive networks with reduced operation complexity and energy consumption compared to today,” the OEM said.
In addition to research on lithionics, Ericsson and the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) are looking for ways to power trillions of sensors and other “zero-energy” devices that connect to mobile networks.
“Powering these devices in a cost-efficient way, possibly directly via a radio signal, is a significant technology challenge,” Ericsson said. “The research may show how devices can harvest energy from radio signals and other sources, as well as how systems can be designed to utilize this low power to accomplish simple tasks, including how a mobile network may be designed to connect and control these devices.”