A low power voltage limiter for a full passive UHF RFID sensor on a 0.35 mu m CMOS process

Autores: Fernández Escudero, Erik; Beriain Rodríguez, Andoni; Solar Ruiz, Héctor; Rebollo, I.; García-Alonso Montoya, Andrés; Sosa, J.; Monzon, J.M.; Garcia-Alonso, S.; Montiel-Nelson, J. A.; Berenguer Pérez, Roque José
ISSN: 0026-2692
Volumen: 43
Número: 10
Páginas: 708 - 713
Fecha de publicación: 2012
Lugar: WOS
This paper presents a low power voltage limiter design for avoiding possible damages in the analog front-end of a RFID sensor due to voltage surges whenever readers and tags are close. The proposed voltage limiter design takes advantage of the implemented bandgap reference and voltage regulator blocks in order to provide low deviation of the limiting voltage due to temperature variation and process dispersion. The measured limiting voltage is 2.9 V with a voltage deviation of only +/- 0.065 V for the 12 measured dies. The measured current consumption is only 150 nA when the reader and the tag are far away, not limiting the sensitivity of the tag due to an undesired consumption in the voltage limiter. The circuit is implemented on a low cost 2P4M 0.35 mu m CMOS technology. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.