As we enter a new age for electronics powered by 5G and eventually 6G, MIT and Ericsson are collaborating on two research projects that seek to help build a new network infrastructure needed to empower the truly revolutionary use cases the next generation of mobile networks will bring.
The new mobile network generations bring ultra-fast speed, low latency, and superb reliability to the end-user. However large, feature-rich networks are complex structures to manage for network operators. Ericsson is working to research cognitive networks, which rely on artificial intelligence (AI) to enable a secure, highly automized, data-driven network operation.
The research is in lithionic chips which will enable neuromorphic computing and offer exponentially more energy-efficient AI processing. This could enable fully cognitive networks with reduced operational complexity and energy consumption compared to today.
In addition to research on lithionics, Ericsson and the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) are collaborating on research of mobile networks that connect trillions of sensors and other “zero-energy” devices around us.
Powering these devices in a cost-efficient way, possibly directly via a radio signal, is a significant technical challenge. The research by Ericsson and MIT RLE 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.