VLSI for the IoT

Full paper submission deadline: 1 November 2016
Abstracts due: 1 October 2016 (mail to co-0617@computer.org)
Publication date: June 2017

Computer plans a June 2017 special issue on VLSI for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT promises to revolutionize a wide range of applications. But capitalizing on IoT will require a new generation of VLSI systems. IoT sensing and actuation devices must be extremely low cost but must still deliver a complete system-on-chip (SoC)—capable of performing computation, security, and wireless communications—at extremely low power levels. Other types of edge devices can help close the gap in capabilities, cost, and energy usage between the traditional TCP/IP-based cloud and sensing/actuation nodes.

This new generation of IoT devices requires a very different approach to VLSI design at all levels of abstraction: technology, circuits, logic, architecture, and systems. While the microprocessor market is driven by complex functionality, resulting in large chips that reach clocking and thermal limits, IoT systems require low-cost, low-power SoCs.
For this special issue, Computer seeks submissions on all aspects of VLSI for IoT, including:

  • ultra-low power devices
  • ultra-low-cost devices
  • wireless networking for IoT devices
  • IoT device security
  • integrated sensor and/or actuator devices
  • power sources and energy management for IoT devices
  • IoT system architectures that leverage VLSI capabilities

Only submissions that describe previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research and that are not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered. Updates to ongoing research efforts are welcome, as long as the content is at least 50 percent different from published manuscripts, the new document cites the authors’ previous work, and the authors show the editors how the new document differs.

Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer-science and computer-engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer's readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.

Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit multimedia, such as a 2- to 4-minute podcast, a video, or an audio or audio/video interview of the authors by an expert in the field, which the Computer staff can help facilitate, record, and edit.


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