Cornell University

As part of the university's commitment to economic development and outreach, CTL hosts a variety of events to create connections between the Cornell campuses, industry members, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Cornell Technology Road Show @ SEMICON 2014
July 9, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Parc 55 Wyndham - Union Square 55 Cyril Magnin St., San Francisco, Divisadero Room Second Floor

Open to: Invitation-only.

Attendees learned about selected physical sciences technologies and startups coming out of Cornell University, as well as information about our technology transfer program.

Technologies presented included:

Fluorescent Polymer Capable of Detecting Trace Explosives

A fluoreschent polymer was invented that can sense trace amounts of RDX vapor to enable explosive devices and the individuals who prepare them to be identified. RDX is one of the most common components of plastic explosives. Due to its low volatility (1000x less volatile than TNT) and high reduction potential, RDX vapor is difficult to detect. The Cornell invention is the first fluorescent polymer to detect RDX vapor directly via a highly sensitive fluorescence quenching strategy that can be readily engineered into stand-alone detection devices. The polymer fluoresces upon exposure to visible light due to excited states or excitons. Then when RDX vapor is introduced the excitons become deactivated, which interrupts or “turns off” the fluorescence of the material.This response is unique to RDX and is not observed with solvents or common household items.

Generic Programmable Tag (GPT)

This invention introduces an extremely small and lightweight digitally-controlled tag, the Generic Programmable Tag (GPT), for radio tracking of wildlife or small personal items over a wide frequency range. The technology uses a miniature reverse-GPS approach that provides completely automated position monitoring of thousands of tags in real time, while consuming much lower power than conventional tracking tags and has a range of 1 - 5km. The simple, lightweight GPT's small size and low-cost potential enable much broader use for small animals or items, as well as intensive studies requiring numerous tags, The GPT's programmable nature allows greater scheduling and tranmitter functionality with the same hardware, allowing cost-effective customization based on individual customer needs. Unlike conventional tags, the programmable GPT comes with high-performance solar cells and doesn't require batteries or separate crystals.

Fiber-waveguide Evanescent Coupler

When fiber is used to transport light in optical communications, coupling optical fibers to waveguides is an outstanding problem for integrated optics packaging. Commonly used packaging methods require active alignment (continuous monitoring of optical power) which is expensive and not amenable to mass production. This drives up the packaging cost to the point where it currently represents ~80% of the total cost of an optoelectronic device. This novel technique of evanescent coupling of an optical fiber to a waveguide, which has a large alignment tolerance, and hence is relatively simple to implement, and can significantly lower the cost of optoelectronic packaging.

Asynchronous Computer Architecture

Today we are faced with new challenges in designing high-performance architectures. The power dissipation, design complexities, process variations in processor design are cause for concern. Asynchronous computer architecture is a design mythology that addresses these issues. It is potentially lower in power, delay-insesitive, and robust to process and temperature variations.


Cornell startup presentations include:

Cornell Startup Nebula Music Technologies, Inc.: This startup is working on introducing a new generation of personalized instruments to enhance musical experiences and consequently help make better musicians. Making manual adjustments may be a thing of the past. Digitally controlling instruments could unlock more potential in musical instruments.

Cornell Startup Waltz Networks, Inc.: Waltz Networks, Inc. was founded in October 2013 with the goal of creating high performance self-managing networks for the cloud era.