An RF energy harvester with supply manangement for co-integration into a 2.4 GHz transceiver

J. Masuch, M. Delgado-Restituto, D. Milosevic, P.G.M. Baltus

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This paper presents an RF energy harvester embedded in a low-power transceiver (TRX) front-end. Both the harvester and the TRX use the same antenna and operate at the same frequency of 2.4 GHz using a new topology with a start-up rectifier and exploiting the nonlinear impedance of the RF-DC converter for decoupling the harvester from the TRX. The harvester also includes a supply management circuit for charging energy storage devices. It has been implemented in a 130 nm CMOS process and achieves a measured peak power conversion efficiency of 15.9% with little impact on the TRX performance (less than 0.5dB degradation of output power and noise figure). For input power levels of at least -9 dBm, it is able to charge up a supply capacitor to a regulated voltage of 1.34 V. The complete harvester occupies only 0.019 mm2
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 38th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC), 17-22 September 2012, Bordeaux, France
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-2211-9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event38th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC 2012) - Bordeaux Convention Center, Bordeaux, France
Duration: 17 Sep 201221 Sep 2012
Conference number: 38


Conference38th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC 2012)
Abbreviated titleESSCIRC 2012


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