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Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-Inspired Systems Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0521857277 ISBN-10: 0521857279 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 907 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521857279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521857277
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This truly interdisciplinary book is about much more than circuits. It contains the most comprehensive and deep treatment I have seen of the interplay and parallels between biology and circuits, and of how one discipline can inform the other. The comparisons between analog, digital, and biological implementations are fundamental and highly valuable. The breadth of the book is unique, ranging from feedback and antennas to battery chemistry." --Yannis Tsividis, Columbia University

"Sarpeshkar's focus on modeling cells as analog rather than digital circuits offers a new approach that will expand the frontiers of synthetic biology. Rahul has nicely laid a foundation that many of us in synthetic biology will be able to build on." --James Collins, Boston University

"Professor Sarpeshkar's textbook from MIT provides an excellent overview of ten key fundamental principles related to ultra low power circuit and system design. Examples of many practical, experimental micro-power systems in cardiac, neural, and other medical-electronics applications make the text highly useful. Practitioners in this field will gain insight from his system-level analysis, which is presented at a level deeper than that found in most texts. In fact, the focus on systems thinking and connections made to a diverse set of problems - natural and man-made, from medical implants, to cells, to low-power cars - truly sets this book apart." --Dr. Tim Denison, Medtronic Fellow

Book Description

Learn how to architect ultra low power robust electronics with applications to implantable and non-invasive medicine, and how bio-inspired principles from cell biology and neurobiology can revolutionize low power electronics design, with this all-inclusive guide. Efficient, sustainable energy harvesting is also covered, and a wealth of practical examples and case studies are included.

More About the Author

Rahul Sarpeshkar is a tenured professor at MIT and heads a research group on Analog Circuits and Biological Systems (http://www.rle.mit.edu/acbs/). He holds over thirty patents, has authored more than 125 publications including one that was featured on the cover of NATURE, and is the winner of several awards including the Packard, ONR, Career, and Indus Technovator award for his interdisciplinary bioengineering research. His book arose out of a highly rated course taught at MIT for over 10 years.

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The book is written in a readable, conversational tone, with plenty of clear explanation for the equations.
Reid Harrison
I have not seen a book with so much information and resources that can satisfy circuit designers, college teachers, as well as researchers in this domain.
Samuel Tang
If you use this book well, it will definitely speed up the learning curve faced for everyone who is new on this area.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reid Harrison on March 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a professor who teaches and conducts research in the area of low-power integrated circuit design with biological applications and (sometimes) inspiration. This book is a wonderful resource for circuit designers who want to see their field presented from a fresh, non-traditional perspective. The author goes back to first principles to show the fundamental limits and essential trade-offs in ultra-low-power circuit design, and their (sometimes surprising) connections with neuroscience and biology.

Although this book is valuable for analog and mixed-signal designers who aren't particularly interested in biology, it contains a number of chapters that make for great intellectual entertainment and stimulation, especially as power efficiency becomes the overriding goal in many design spaces. It is truly remarkable to consider the capabilities and robustness of the human brain, considering it operates on 12 Watts from a 100-mV power supply, using failure-prone components having bandwidths of 1 kHz.

Hardcore circuit designers will find great chapters on device physics, noise, feedback, and system-level design, all presented from a point of view several degrees apart from that of mainstream circuits textbooks. I find this different perspective essential for developing a deep understanding of the many complex concepts that underlie circuit design and analysis.

The book is written in a readable, conversational tone, with plenty of clear explanation for the equations. I wish more engineering professors would write books in this style.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sanjoy Mahajan on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As computational devices become smaller and more mobile, low-power electronics is becoming increasingly important. The author has been studying this kind of computation for two decades and is one of the leading researchers in the field. The resulting textbook is plainly a labor of love.

It is a brilliant work, ranging far beyond electronics and engineering as it develops and explains principles common to diverse manmade and natural systems. The high dielectric constant of water (p. 30), for example, is explained as a feedback loop based on polarization. The ease of threading a needle under a microscope (p. 39) is explained as a consequence of the high loop gain provided by the magnification.

The needle example illustrates the greatest strength of the book: throughout, it emphasizes intuition and physical reasoning. First, an issue is described -- here, a model of noise in a feedback loop. Second, it is analyzed mathematically. Third, and most important, the mathematics is interpreted in plain and lively English using a concrete example (here, threading a needle using a microscope). One can even skip the equations and learn a tremendous amount from the insightful explanations.

If you are curious about batteries, information theory, neurons, sensory systems, feedback, energy, or computation -- and about general principles to link these areas -- you will treasure this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Krishna on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a Professor of Engineering Design at IIT Madras. My background is mechanical engineering, with an interest in biomechanics. When I saw the flyer of this book, I was initially reluctant to buy it. But, I went ahead and read a few papers of Prof Sarpeshkar and they were very interesting. I decided to go ahead and buy this book. Oh boy! What is it that I would have missed! A fascinating journey into the world of biological systems from an engineering perspective. There are some alien concepts of electrical engineering, but not very threatening. In fact they become very friendly right from chapter 2. This book, in my opinion, breaks the narrow barriers into which we divide ourselves, electrical, mechanical and so on. Nature knows no boundaries and if engineers want to exploit nature for design, they should also come out of this barrier.
Of course one may have to pick up some jargon on the way. But as an engineer or a scientist you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
The emphasis throughout the book is on the architecture and principles of low-power systems whether they be filters, ADCs, resonators, biological cochleas, cells, brains or cars. Unifying principles behind energy, information and power that make such a broad outlook possible are explained in Chapter 22. The marriage between electrical and mechanical systems is complete in Chapter 26. I found the circuit interpretation of Newton's third law of motion, the universal principles of energy and energy harvesting, from the locomotion of cheetahs, to piezoelectrics and motors, to digital circuits highly entertaining and stimulating.
In sum, for a world that is getting increasingly specialized such that we all know more and more about less and less, it is refreshing to find a book that is broad and deep at the same time
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Faltys on August 5, 2010
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As a designer of implantable neural stimulators, I believe that Professor Sarpeshkar has done a superb job of covering most of the topics required to design these systems. This book is not only an outstanding academic accomplishment, but it is valuable because he describes circuits and systems that have been designed and built to solve real problems encountered by engineers in this field.

Having had the opportunity to work with Dr. Sarpeshkar on biomedical implants, I was pleased that he was able to convey his very unique and creative approach to problem solving in this book. When working with him you walk away with new way of thinking about things that can spark flurries of creativity. After reading a few chapters, his non-conventional approach will become apparent. His book does a great job of not only providing valuable information but also of teaching his unique approach to thinking about low-power biomedical systems. His techniques should be in every practitioner's tool box.

I highly recommend this book to new and to experienced designers of low-power biomedical systems.
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