Wirelessly powered large-area electronics for the Internet of Things

Luis Portilla, Kalaivanan Loganathan, Hendrik Faber, Aline Eid, Jimmy G. D. Hester, Manos M. Tentzeris, Marco Fattori, Eugenio Cantatore, Chen Jiang, Arokia Nathan, Gianluca Fiori, Taofeeq Ibn-Mohammed, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Vincenzo Pecunia

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Powering the increasing number of sensor nodes used in the Internet of Things creates a technological challenge. The economic and sustainability issues of battery-powered devices mean that wirelessly powered operation—combined with environmentally friendly circuit technologies—will be needed. Large-area electronics—which can be based on organic semiconductors, amorphous metal oxide semiconductors, semiconducting carbon nanotubes and two-dimensional semiconductors—could provide a solution. Here we examine the potential of large-area electronics technology in the development of sustainable, wirelessly powered Internet of Things sensor nodes. We provide a system-level analysis of wirelessly powered sensor nodes, identifying the constraints faced by such devices and highlighting promising architectures and design approaches. We then explore the use of large-area electronics technology in wirelessly powered Internet of Things sensor nodes, with a focus on low-power transistor circuits for digital processing and signal amplification, as well as high-speed diodes and printed antennas for data communication and radiofrequency energy harvesting.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNature Electronics
StatePublished - Dec 28 2022

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