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Dissertation Defense

Efficient and Interference-Resilient Wireless Connectivity for IoT Applications

Abdullah Alghaihab


With the coming of age of the Internet of Things (IoT), demand on ultra-low power (ULP) and low-cost radios will continue to boost tremendously. The Bluetooth-Low-energy (BLE) standard provides a low power solution to connect IoT nodes with mobile devices, however, the power of maintaining a connection with a reasonable latency remains the limiting factor in defining the lifetime of event-driven BLE devices. BLE radio power consumption is in the milliwatt range and can be duty cycled for average powers around 30μW, but at the expense of long latency. Furthermore, wireless transceivers traditionally perform local oscillator (LO) calibration using an external crystal oscillator (XTAL) that adds significant size and cost to a system. Removing the XTAL enables a true single-chip radio, but an alternate means for calibrating the LO is required. Innovations in both the system architecture and circuits implementation are essential for the design of truly ubiquitous receivers for IoT applications.

This research presents two porotypes as back-channel BLE receivers, which have lower power consumption while still being robust in the presence of interference and able to receive back-channel messages from BLE compliant transmitters. In addition, the first reported crystal-less transmitter with symmetric over-the-air clock recovery compliant with the BLE standard using a GFSK-Modulated BLE Packet is presented.

Chair: Professor David Wentzloff

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