A Passive Transponder for Visible Light Identification Using a Solar Cell

솔라셀을 이용한 가시광 인식용 수동형 트랜스폰더

  • Lee, Seong-Ho (Department of Electronics and IT Media Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology)
  • 이성호 (서울과학기술대학교 전자IT미디어공학과)
  • Received : 2014.06.02
  • Accepted : 2014.07.24
  • Published : 2014.07.31


In this paper, we introduce a new passive transponder that operates without external power in a visible light identification system. The transponder consists of a solar cell, a photodiode, a microprocessor, and a visible LED. When a reader sends light to the transponder, the solar cell generates current from the reader light and supplies power to the other elements in the transponder. At the same time, the photodiode detects the pulse in the reader light and initiates a microprocessor to generate and send a responding light to the reader. In experiments, we realized a passive transponder using a solar cell that operated at a distance of 1m without external power.


Supported by : 서울과학기술대학교


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