Research & development - Eindhoven | More than two weeks ago
To operate medical implants relaying data through an Ultra Wide Band (UWB) channel, while simultaneously powering that implant wirelessly, we need to know how the UWB antenna and the inductive powering coils are interacting to be able to take measures against unwanted effects.
We do observe an ever-increasing need for implantable wireless communication systems. These systems are relaying measured data of various in-body physiological parameters. For these processes, power is needed. This power is preferably provided wirelessly as well since a battery would be depleted too soon.
The frequency requirements for both operations: communication and Wireless Power Transfer (WPT), differ substantially. For wireless communication we prefer higher frequencies where we can relatively easily realize large fractional bandwidths. These bandwidths are needed for relaying large amounts of data. For an efficient WPT over a relatively short distance, we prefer low frequencies where we can use inductive coupling of coils.
At imec-NL, we have developed a subcutaneous Ultra Wide Band (UWB) transceiver operating at frequencies between 7 and 8 GHz. At Eindhoven University of Technology, we have developed an efficient, misalignment-tolerant, inductive WPT system, operating at 6.75 MHz.
We want to combine both systems and specifically want to look at the influence of the WPT coils on the UWB antenna. That results in the following tasks:
You will be part of a team with supervisors from the signal processing team and from the solutions team. This will guarantee that your project will not only be of academical interest but also be strongly linked to the realization of applications. This also means that you will learn to act in an interdisciplinary team where requirements are not fixed from the start and where compromises must be made between best scientific and best realizable solutions.
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