A 50nW-to-10mW output power tri-mode digital buck converter with self-tracking zero current detection for photovoltaic energy harvesting

Po-Hung Chen, Chung Shiang Wu, Kai Chun Lin

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Abstract

Photovoltaic energy harvesting is an attractive method of developing battery-free systems for wireless sensors, biomedicai electronics, and the internet of things (IoT). To obtain an energy-efficient system, low-power digital circuits operating in the near/sub-threshold region are widely used in such applications. Therefore, the design of a low-voltage buck converter, which converts the harvested energy to the regulated output is critical. Sub-1V buck converters have been implemented using a large inductor [1] to operate in a continuous conduction mode (CCM). Both CCM and discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) operation has been demonstrated in [2], using an analog zero current detection (ZCD) technique to extend the available output power range. However, the analog circuit limits the minimum output power to 50μW, and reduces the conversion efficiency under light load conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2015 - Digest of Technical Papers
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages376-377
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781479962235
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Mar 2015
Event2015 62nd IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2015 - Digest of Technical Papers - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 22 Feb 201526 Feb 2015

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
Volume58
ISSN (Print)0193-6530

Conference

Conference2015 62nd IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2015 - Digest of Technical Papers
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period22/02/1526/02/15

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