Wireless Powered Communication: Opportunities and Challenges

Provided by: Cornell University
Topic: Networking
Format: PDF
The performance of wireless communication is fundamentally constrained by the limited battery life of wireless devices, whose operations are frequently disrupted due to the need of manual battery replacement/recharging. The recent advance in Radio Frequency (RF) enabled Wireless Energy Transfer (WET) technology provides an attractive solution named Wireless Powered Communication (WPC), where the wireless devices are powered by dedicated wireless power transmitters to provide continuous and stable microwave energy over the air. As a key enabling technology for truly perpetual communications, WPC opens up the potential to build a network with larger throughput, higher robustness, and increased flexibility compared to its battery-powered counterpart.

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