Analysis of Inductive Coupling and Design of Rectifier Circuit for Inter-Chip Wireless Power Link

Yuxiang YUAN
Tadahiro KURODA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E93-C    No.2    pp.164-171
Publication Date: 2010/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E93.C.164
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Electronic Circuits
wireless power link,  wireless power delivery,  inductive-coupling,  inductor,  rectifier,  SiP,  

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A wireless power link utilizing inductive coupling is developed between stacked chips. In this paper, we discuss inductor layout optimization and rectifier circuit design. The inductive-coupling power link is analyzed using simple equivalent circuit models. On the basis of the analytic models, the inductor size is minimized for the given required power on the receiver chip. Two kinds of full-wave rectifiers are discussed and compared. Various low-power circuit design techniques for rectifiers are employed to decrease the substrate leakage current, reduce the possibility of latch-up, and improve the power transmission efficiency and the high-frequency performance of the rectifier block. Test chips are fabricated in a 0.18 µm CMOS process. With a pair of 700700 µm2 on-chip inductors, the test chips achieve 10% peak efficiency and 36 mW power transmission. Compared with the previous work the received power is 13 times larger for the same inductor size .