Challenges To Hardware Design Of A Wireless Energy Harvesting Switch (Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2016)

Thomas Boethe, Product Manager Industrial Solutions
ZF Friedrichshafen AG


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Presentation Summary

The output of an energy harvesting system depends on the technology of the harvester and the type of the energy source. One energy harvesting method is the inductive principle. A magnet field will be changed through a conductive coil. Depending on the operating method and the operating design the created output voltage differs. It could be among others symmetric or asymmetric pulses, oscillation or linear signals. A connected electronic has to handle the specific output signal for the integrated microchips or RF transceivers. Therefore different design parameter has to be considered and implemented. To realize an RF communication with high energy demand the electronic has to use the provided energy in a high efficient way. The necessary transmitting time is defined by data rate and telegram length. Therefore the design of the energy management and the efficiency of the microchips are challenges for the developers.

Speaker Biography (Thomas Boethe)

Thomas Boethe is Product Manager for industrial solutions at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. He is responsible for electronic products in nonautomotive applications. After 7 years as head of electronic development for industrial components, including the energy harvesting products, he changed to sales in March 2015.

Company Profile (ZF Friedrichshafen AG)

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CHERRY is a registered brand of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Under the CHERRY product brand, the Electronic Systems business unit develops and produces components for industrial and household applications, as well as computer input devices.
ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company, which acquired TRW Automotive on May 15, 2015, is now represented at about 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2015,
ZF expects to achieve sales of €29 billion to €30 billion with approximately 138,000 employees (preliminary figures). ZF is one of the top three automotive suppliers worldwide.
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