A Voltage Limiter Circuit for Indoor Light Energy Harvesting Applications

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Abstract

A voltage limiter circuit for indoor light energy harvesting applications is presented. This circuit is a part of a bigger system, whose function is to harvest indoor light energy, process it and store it, so that it can be used at a later time. This processing consists on maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and stepping-up, of the voltage from the photovoltaic (PV) harvester cell. The circuit here described, ensures that even under strong illumination, the generated voltage will not exceed the limit allowed by the technology, avoiding the degradation, or destruction, of the integrated die. A prototype of the limiter circuit was designed in a 130 nm CMOS technology. The layout of the circuit has a total area of 23414 mu m(2). Simulation results, using Spectre, are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnological Innovation for the Internet of Things
Pages441-448
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event4th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2013, -
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Conference

Conference4th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2013,
Period1/01/13 → …

Keywords

  • CMOS integrated circuits
  • Energy harvesting
  • Voltage limiters
  • Voltage reference circuits

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