A Combined 90/900 MHz IC Architecture for Smart Tag Application

Published online: Apr 13, 2018 Full Text: PDF (1.17 MiB) DOI: 10.24138/jcomss.v14i1.451
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Alfiero Leoni, Leonardo Pantoli, Vincenzo Stornelli, Giuseppe Ferri, Petar Šolić, Mladen Russo


In this work we present a combined 90/900 MHz Energy Harvesting Architecture for active smart tag Application. The harvester takes advantages from a dedicated diplexer and a power manager for battery life enhancement purposes. The system has been optimized in the 900 MHz frequency range by analyzing a probabilistic approach used for modeling the possible amount of Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) energy that could be harvested while a fixed power downlink scenario has been adopted for the 90MHz band. A preliminary IC system with a 0.18μm CMOS SMIC technology has been designed and optimized at 90 and 900 MHz while discrete element board, to be integrated with the proposed IC, with commercial components has been developed and tested. Concerning simulation results on the IC design they have confirmed that the integrated system handles an incoming power typically ranging from -25 dBm to 5 dBm by rectifying the variable input signals into a DC voltage source with an average 50% efficiency.


Radio frequency energy harvesting, rectifiers, probabilistic modelling, dual band energy harvesting
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