A Wireless Power and Data Transfer IC for Neural Prostheses Using a Single Inductive Link with Frequency-Splitting Characteristic

Yechan Park, Seok Tae Koh, Jeongeun Lee, Hongkyun Kim, Jaesuk Choi, Sohmyung Ha, Chul Kim, Minkyu Je

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This paper presents a frequency-splitting-based wireless power and data transfer IC that simultaneously delivers power and forward data over a single inductive link. For data transmission, frequency-shift keying (FSK) is utilized because the FSK modulation scheme supports continuous wireless power transmission without disruption of the carrier amplitude. Moreover, the link that manifests the frequency-splitting characteristic due to a close distance between coupled coils provides wide bandwidth for data delivery without degrading the quality factors of the coils. It results in large power delivery, high data rate, and high power transfer efficiency. The presented IC fabricated in a 180-nm BCD process simultaneously achieves up-to-115-mW wireless power delivery to the load and 2.5-Mb/s downlink data rate over the single inductive link. The measured overall power efficiency from the DC power supply at the transmitter module to the load at the receiver module reaches 56.7$\%$ at its maximum, and the bit error rate is lower than 10$^{-6}$ at 2.5 Mb/s. As a result, the figure of merit (FoM) for data transmission is enhanced by 2 times, and the FoM for power delivery is improved by 38.7 times compared to prior state-of-the-arts using a single inductive link.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1306-1319
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021


  • Frequency splitting
  • frequency-shift keying (FSK)
  • frequency-to-amplitude converter
  • neural prosthesis
  • simultaneous wireless power and data transfer (SWPDT)
  • wireless power transfer (WPT)
  • Electric Power Supplies
  • Wireless Technology
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Neural Prostheses
  • Equipment Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


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