A battery-less, self-sustaining RF energy harvesting circuit with TFETs for µW power applications
Document typeConference report
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Rights accessOpen Access
This paper proposes a Tunnel FET (TFET) power management circuit for RF energy harvesting applications. In contrast with conventional MOSFET technologies, the improved electrical characteristics of TFETs promise a better behavior in the process of rectification and conversion at ultra-low power (µW) and voltage (sub-0.25 V) levels. RF powered systems can not only benefit from TFETs in front-end rectifiers by harvesting the surrounding energy at levels where conventional technologies cannot operate but also in the minimization of energy required by the power management circuit. In this work we present an energy harvesting circuit for RF sources designed with TFETs. The TFET controller emulates an adequate impedance at the output of the rectifier in order to allow maximum transfer of power from the RF source to the input of the boost converter. The output load is activated once the output capacitor reaches a voltage value of 0.5 V. The results show an efficiency boost of 89 % for an output load consuming 1 µW with an available RF power of -25 dBm.
CitationNunes, D., Moll, F., Valtchev, S. A battery-less, self-sustaining RF energy harvesting circuit with TFETs for µW power applications. A: International New Circuits and Systems Conference. "NEWCAS 2016 - 14th International New Circuits and Systems Conference". Vancouver: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016.