SOI circuits powered by embedded solar cell
October 3, 2011
2011 IEEE SOI Conf., 3-6 October 2011.
Solar cells embedded in the SOI substrate were successfully used as the sole energy source to power a ring oscillator fabricated using an ultra-low-power fully depleted SOI process on the same wafer. The speed of the ring oscillator increased with increasing light intensity and showed a fastest oscillation with a 4.5 ns stage delay and 0.26 fJ power-delay product. The maximum power generated by the solar cell was 9.6 mW/cm2 with an efficiency of 11.6%.