MSc thesis project proposal
 Fully integrated DC-DC Converter for energy harvesting
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A small form factor is a requirement of wearable and portable IoT devices. Therefore, all their internal components must have a small PCB footprint, which is also the case for power management and energy harvesting components. Power management integrated circuits (PMICs) can be designed in such a way that they can be fully integrated or have a small number of external components. However, there is a limit in the PMIC’s power density and when the input power requirement increases, a PMIC with increased size must be designed.
The available power range required by customers ranges from 10 μW to 100 mW. The full range must be processed by a single IC. Therefore, the PMIC size must be large enough to obtain a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) at the high end of this range. Which presents a challenge since it is not desirable to increase the PMIC PCB footprint.
The goal of this project is to design a fully-integrated power converter that presents a high PCE in this power range. There are several power converter topologies that could be employed in an attempt to achieve this goal. Each one of them presents different characteristics in terms of power density, number of external components, complexity, etc. Therefore, a study of the several topologies must be realized in order to select the most suitable one, or to design a hybrid topology that combines the advantages of different topologies. Finally, the ideal design must have a small footprint, a high PCE, and a controllable conversion ratio to comply with different energy harvesting sources.
You are an MSc student in Electrical Engineering, in the Microelectronics track, and in the Analog or Biomedical Electronics profile. You have received at least a 7.5 for Analog Integrated Circuit Design (ET4252). Preferably you have also taken Introduction to power conversion technology (ET4382).
prof.dr.ir. Wouter Serdijn
Department of Microelectronics
Last modified: 2022-05-03