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McKelvey School of Engineering

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ESE Defense: Murphey Kilgore

Tuesday, April 23 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Preston M. Green Hall, Rodin Auditorium, L0120
135 N Skinker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

Design and Analysis of Passive Correlator Radio-Frequency Identification Tagging

Abstract: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology used in many industries to locate and track assets. Passive RFID tags are popular because they are inexpensive and flexible, but they have limited accuracy. My thesis aims to improve the accuracy of passive RFID tags by investigating two solutions: (a) Using orthogonal RFID configuration and exploiting phase information available to an RFID reader, in addition to the received signal strength indicator (RSSI) metric; and (b) Designing a novel voltage multiplier-based correlator circuit that can be integrated directly onto the tag.

To further reduce power consumption and silicon area, we propose an architecture that combines the energy-harvesting capability of RFID power circuits with the calculation of correlation. This results in a tag peripheral circuit that consumes minimal power and generates a unique output voltage based on the correlation of input signals. These correlator architectures enable bundling of multiple data types into a singular input, such as clock, signal, and power. The designs are fully passive, and the only power consumption occurs when the measured correlation exceeds a pre-specified threshold. We analyzed these correlator architectures from design proposals to physical testing with designed IC chips to provide an initial hardware characterization. 

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology

Electrical & Systems Engineering


Event Contact

Aaron Beagle | abeagle@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Murphey Kilgore

P.I. Shantanu-Chakrabartty

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