Inductive Coupling for Joint Power Supply and Communication at the Micro- and Nanoscale

Authors

Eric Slottke and Armin Wittneben

Reference

NaNoNetworking Summit (N3Summit), Barcelona, Spain, June 2012.

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Abstract

We propose passive inductive coupling as physical layer for communication between nodes of very small size and a central device. This is a promising approach for networks at the micro- and nanoscale, as passive inductive coupling offers an inherent power supply mechanism and imposes only very low complexity requirements on the nodes. Two of the key problems in communicating with small-scale nodes are thus accounted for: limitation of node power and limitation of node complexity. In this context, we study the power available to the nodes and their communication performance. We furthermore propose a cooperative communications scheme that is shown to increase communication reliability.

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