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J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2015, 5(3), 151-164;

Communication and Sensing Circuits on Cellulose

Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, via G. Duranti 93, 06125 Perugia, Italy
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Academic Editor: Domenico Zito
Received: 31 March 2015 / Revised: 31 March 2015 / Accepted: 11 June 2015 / Published: 25 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Low-Power Systems on Chip Enabling Internet of Things)
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This paper proposes a review of several circuits for communication and wireless sensing applications implemented on cellulose-based materials. These circuits have been developed during the last years exploiting the adhesive copper laminate method. Such a technique relies on a copper adhesive tape that is shaped by a photo-lithographic process and then transferred to the hosting substrate (i.e., paper) by means of a sacrificial layer. The presented circuits span from UHF oscillators to a mixer working at 24 GHz and constitute an almost complete set of building blocks that can be applied to a huge variety communication apparatuses. Each circuit is validated experimentally showing performance comparable with the state-of-the-art. This paper demonstrates that circuits on cellulose are capable of operating at record frequencies and that ultra- low cost, green i.e., recyclable and biodegradable) materials can be a viable solution to realize high frequency hardware for the upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) era. View Full-Text
Keywords: circuits on cellulose; paper-based substrates; green electronics; all-natural electronic; wireless sensors; Internet of Things (IoT) circuits on cellulose; paper-based substrates; green electronics; all-natural electronic; wireless sensors; Internet of Things (IoT)

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Alimenti, F.; Mariotti, C.; Palazzi, V.; Virili, M.; Orecchini, G.; Mezzanotte, P.; Roselli, L. Communication and Sensing Circuits on Cellulose. J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2015, 5, 151-164.

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