OPPO Research Institute publishes new white paper on zero-power communication – The Island

The OPPO Research Institute has officially released its new White Paper on Zero-Power Communication. The paper examines the technical positioning of Zero-Power Communication technology in the context of current unmet demand in the IoT space while outlining a future roadmap for the technology to grow in coexistence with other communication systems. from the future.

The majority of portable electronic devices today use batteries as their power source. Although battery technology has come a long way over the years, current battery technology still has significant issues in terms of overall size, cost of production, lifespan, ease of use, and compliance. of the environment of the batteries themselves. Zero-Power Communication technology avoids the need for batteries by harvesting ambient radio frequency energy from the environment to generate power, resulting in very compact, efficient and inexpensive devices. Such properties have advantages in commercial applications such as warehousing, logistics, and agriculture, as well as in wearable devices, smart homes, and other advanced consumer applications.

“From the first to the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications technologies, the telecommunications industry has made four technological leaps – from analog to digital, to data and finally to broadband. Each of these hops was designed to provide faster data transmission rates; However, over the next decade, looking at 5G technology and even beyond, we no longer believe that data transmission will be such an important driver in telecommunications technology. Instead, we believe technology should evolve to provide greater convenience and lasting value for society as a whole. Zero-Power Communications technology offers electronics manufacturers a way to remove batteries from their products, reducing their costs and environmental impact. As such, Zero-Power Communications is one of our main areas of focus as we transition to the B5G/6G generation,” said Henry Tang, 5G Chief Scientist at OPPO.

Current technology suffers from issues such as short communication distances, low efficiency and low system capacity, which present significant challenges when applying RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology to specific or complex applications. such as industrial, low-cost, high-capacity sensor networks. logistics and warehousing, low-cost, low-energy smart homes, and miniature wearable technology.

Unlike the traditional method, Zero-Power devices can harvest ambient radio signals broadcast from sources such as TV towers, FM radio towers, cellular base stations, and WiFi access points (APs) as a source of food. After harvesting energy from existing radio waves, the device can modulate ambient radio signals with its own information and transmit these signals outward in a process known as backscatter communication.

In addition to its own innovation, OPPO is also taking the initiative to promote the Zero-Power Communication standard, including proposing Zero-Power Communication research projects at 3GPP and presenting its findings at industry conferences such as FuTURE. and ICCC. At the IMT-2030 6G Vision Workshop in September 2021, OPPO launched and hosted a Zero Power Communication Forum, inviting academic and industrial organizations to discuss the applications, technical requirements and key technologies of communication at zero power.

In line with its brand mission “Technology for Humanity, Kindness for the World”, OPPO aims to launch commercial Zero-Power communication technology in the next 3-5 years, while continuing to build smarter communication systems. , more practical and more ecological. .

About Perry Perrie

Check Also

Lunar water could come from Earth’s atmosphere

Not all of the moon’s water comes from its own surface; part of it is …