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Integrated Reciprocal Conversion With Selective Direct Operation for Energy Harvesting Systems

Anand Savanth, Alex S. Weddell, James Myers, David Flynn, Bashir M. Al-Hashimi
2017 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part 1: Regular Papers  
Energy harvesting IoT systems aim for energy neutrality, i.e. harvesting at least as much energy as is needed. This however, is complicated by variations in environmental energy and application demands. Conventional systems use separate power converters to interface between the harvester and storage, and then to the CPU system. Reciprocal power conversion has recently been proposed to perform both roles, eliminating redundancy and minimizing losses. This paper proposes to enhance this topology
more » ... ance this topology with 'selective direct operation', which completely bypasses the converter when appropriate. The integrated system, with 82% bidirectional conversion efficiency, was validated in 65nm CMOS with only the harvester, battery and decoupling capacitors being off-chip. Optimized for operation with cm 2 photo-voltaic cell and a 32-bit sub-threshold processor, the scheme enables up to 16% otherwise wasted energy to be utilized to provide >30% additional compute cycles under realistic indoor lighting conditions. Measured results show 84% peak conversion efficiency and energy neutral execution of benchmark sensor software (ULPBench) with cold-start capability.
doi:10.1109/tcsi.2017.2707304 fatcat:6a4xeovevbcxjpz3z5jtdwttfe