It could be hard to imagine what RF (Radio Frequency) technology can be linked to human ear. But the recent patent’s idea submitted by MIT professor, Rahul Sarpeshkar and his graduate student, Soumyajit Mandal may clear your doubt. The new patent disclosed an innovative idea on how to come out a powerful chip, which is based on software architecture design to efficiently process a wide range of RF spectrum, just like what can be accomplished by human inner ear.
When the sound waves reach the cochlea in human ears, it generates mechanical waves which eventually activates electrical pulses to be sent to brain for further processing and analysis. Sarpeshkar utilizes the same methodology to design a new analog RF Analyzer chip that can analyze and process a broad spectrum of RF signals in the earth including wireless technologies, cellular network, FM radios and many more.
The chip is expected to be ultra low power, which is 100 times less than conventional spectrum analyzer equipment with super wide range, around million times more capable than human ears with fast detection and locking mechanism and more importantly, it will be measured at around 1.5mm X 3mm only, tiny enough to be embedded in any portable devices for enhanced capabilities.