Near-field wideband telemetry and powering system

Student project at imec (Thesis)

We will develop a system that uses inductive coupled resonators to delivers wideband telemetry and power simultaneously for implantable applications.

What will you be doing?

Chips for implantable applications are buried under the skin, and have to be powered and communicate wirelessly to an externally unit. A data link is required to sending the data to the implant, or reading data from the implantable sensors back to the external unit with a throughput up to 10Mbps in certain applications. The (external to implant) power transfer should be able to deliver sufficient amount of power, and its efficiency should not be significantly degraded by the data link. Typically, high data link throughput and high power transfer efficiency are in principle contradictory, in terms of the quality factor of the coil.


The project duration is of 12 months. This project can result, depending on maturity and performance, of the design in a tape-out of the designed circuits; part of the work will be spent in carrying out testing and characterization of the system. We target to publish the outcome of the project in a high impact conference or journal.


We seek very motivated candidates with electrical engineering and/or biomedical background, with strong knowledge of the RF and analog design workflow and acquainted with the Cadence tool chain.


The tasks in this project include:

  • Literature survey on near-field telemetry and powering system.

  • Propose the architecture for system.

  • Schematic and layout design of selected architecture.

  • (optional) Implementation and measurement of the test-chip.

  • Thesis writing and documentation in imec-Netherlands.


What we do for you

As the world-best research institute, we are the center of the excellence in nano-electronics design for Internet of Things and Healthcare applications. In this internship project, you will be working on the cutting-edge research project, under the supervision of the world-renown researchers from diverse background.


Who you are
  • Electrical Engineering Background with good analytical skills.

  • Knowledge of analog design circuits using CMOS transistors.

  • Structured way of reporting, both orally and written.

  • Motivated student eager to work independently and expand knowledge in the field.

  • Good written and verbal English skills.


Please be advised that non-EU/EEA country students that are studying outside of the Netherlands, need to have a work-permit to be able to do an internship in the Netherlands.