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SAR reduction and link optimization for mm-size remotely powered wireless implants using segmented loop antennas

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5 Author(s)
Mark, M. ; Berkeley Wireless Res. Center, Univ. of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA ; Bjorninen, T. ; Ukkonen, L. ; Sydanheimo, L.
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This paper describes an approach to reduce the average specific absorption rate (SAR) of a wireless power link for mm-size cortical implants, while decreasing the loss of the overall link by using a segmented loop transmit antenna. It further shows that, for a given receive antenna size and antenna separation, an optimum transmit antenna size-frequency pair that minimizes the link loss exists. A case study of a wireless link for a mm-size cortical implant optimized for minimum loss shows a reduction of the average SAR of more than 30 %, and a link loss improvement of approximately 10 %, leading to a 57 % increase in power available to the implant compared to a conventional loop antenna.

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Biomedical Wireless Technologies, Networks, and Sensing Systems (BioWireleSS), 2011 IEEE Topical Conference on

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16-19 Jan. 2011