Networked systems of tiny wireless and sensing-enabled devices continue to give birth to a host of new applications that range from medical sensors for image-guided surgery, to distributed image-based surveillance of remote areas for security or environmental reasons. Such applications mandate new requirements in terms of size of the devices as well as the bandwidth required. Extreme requirements for small size packaging of the devices are obvious for many applications including biomedical ones. Fully integrated sensor modules that are capable of harvesting energy, sensing the environment and communicating with other sensors or base stations are becoming a necessity. Despite the development chips for these systems, there continues to be a need for improved implementations of micro-scale detection and processing systems for further convenience, scaling and portability. These systems would include a sensor module (mostly in mems), attached to analog front end circuitry, an analog to digital converter and a wireless communication module. We will present the research conducted at KAUST addressing many of these components. A flagship project demonstrating this concept is a single chip implantable wireless sensor system for Intraocular Pressure Monitoring (IOPM). This system-on-chip (SoC) is battery free and harvests energy from incoming RF signals, consumes 513 ?W of peak power and when implanted inside the eye, it can communicate over a distance of more than 15 cm.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
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