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In this paper, inkjet-printed UHF and microwave circuits fabricated on paper substrates are investigated for the first time as an approach that aims for a system-level solution for fast and ultra-low-cost mass production. First, the RF characteristics of the paper substrate are studied by using the microstrip ring resonator in order to characterize the(More)
In this paper, a review of the authors' work on inkjet-printed flexible antennas, fabricated on paper substrates, is given. This is presented as a system-level solution for ultra-low-cost mass production of UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and wireless sensor nodes (WSN), in an approach that could be easily extended to other microwave and(More)
The use of digital television broadcasting standards has resulted in transmission of perpetually on wireless digital-TV signals over the air at wider bandwidths in ultrahigh-frequency bands for high-definition video and audio broadcasts to TV and smart phones. This paper presents a unique embedded wireless energy-harvesting prototype (E-WEHP) that exploits(More)
In this paper, we present a software control method that maximizes the sensing rate of wireless sensor networks (WSN) that are solely powered by ambient RF power. Different from all other energy harvesting WSN systems, RF powered systems present a new challenge for the energy management. A WSN node repeatedly charges and discharges at short intervals(More)
A novel miniaturized 3-D cubic antenna for use in a wireless sensor network (WSN) and RFIDs for environmental sensing is introduced. The antenna produces a truly omnidirectional pattern in both E-plane and H-plane, which allows for non-intermittent communication that is orientation independent. The frequency of operation lies in the UHF RFID band, 902(More)
In this paper, inkjet-printed flexible sensors fabricated on paper substrates are introduced as a system-level solution for ultra-low-cost mass production of UHF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags and wireless sensor nodes in a “green” approach that could be easily extended to other microwave and wireless applications. The authors(More)
In this paper, the feasibility of inkjet printing of circuit and microwave structures on paper-based substrates is investigated for the first time in the implementation of a complete low-cost wireless platform for sensors. First, the system-level design of the module including the amplifier characterization were carried out to ensure optimum performance of(More)
Paper is one of the best substrate candidates for radio frequency identification (RFID) and ubiquitous sensing applications due to the fact that it is not only one of the lowest cost materials, but is environmentally friendly and can be easily used for mass reel-to-reel processing. In this paper, the UHF/RF electrical characterization of the paper(More)
In this paper, solutions for developing low cost electronics for antenna transceivers that take advantage of the stable electrical properties of the organic substrate liquid crystal polymer (LCP) has been presented. Three important ingredients in RF wireless transceivers namely embedded passives, a dual band filter and a RFid antenna have been designed and(More)
This work presents the design and implementation of a 927 MHz radio frequency beacon in coplanar waveguide technology, which scavenges through solar energy the power necessary for operation. Starting from a folded-slot antenna topology, a reflection-type oscillator is designed by combining full-wave and nonlinear analyses. Properly placed solar cells and a(More)