I am looking into a possibility for 60GHz energy harvesting for low power sensor nodes and I am little confused about the differences I have found between the US and European regulations related to 60GHz RF output power. FCC states in II/4. that 40dBm average EIRP is allowed. On the other hand ETSI makes difference between indoor and outdoor values, and also specifies the maximum power density. These lead to very different rules for two big markets, which I find confusing.

ETSI allows the same 40dBm for indoor communication, but allows only 13, and -2 dBm/MHz spectral power density for indoors and outdoors respectively. This is equivalent to 27dB and 42dB lower power for a continuous wave, and makes energy transfer infeasible in Europe. Here of course I've assumed that the ETSI standard is applied across Europe.

A third value - without reference - was 20dBm EIRP, stated in this paper, which increased my confusion further.

One question is whether my understanding above is correct, and such difference exists in the regulations, or I did not found some other regulation which extends or overwrites those above. And the related other one is: What is the allowed maximal output power, or EIRP in the US and in the EU for a continuous wave?

The references:

  • Revision of Part 15 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding Operation in the 57-64 GHz Band, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Std., Aug. 2013.

  • Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN);60 GHz Multiple-Gigabit WAS/RLAN Systems; Harmonized EN covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Std. EN 302 567, Rev. 1.1.0, 2009.

  • C. Bredendiek, D. A. Funke, J. Schopfel, V. Kloubert, B. Welp, K. Aufinger, and N. Pohl, “A 61-GHz SiGe Transceiver Frontend for Energy and Data Transmission of Passive RFID Single-Chip Tags With Integrated Antennas,” IEEE J. Solid-State Circuits, vol. 53, no. 9, pp. 2441–2453, 2018.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I worked on radar in the 60 GHz band and in my experience the allowed power levels are very low. Add to that the propagation losses. Add to that that very few components can work properly at 60 GHz. My (educated) guess: even if the allowed power levels were significantly higher than what you find now, you will have a huge challenge actually harvesting that RF power. But feel free to prove me wrong so I can learn something! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 14:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Bimpelrekkie I completely agree with you. The intended range would be within a few centimeter. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 14:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ OK, I was thinking that you were aiming for a much larger range. Still, getting stuff to work at 60 GHz isn't easy and probably will require a chip in SiGe technology like described in the last article you refer to. Maybe the solution C. Bredendiek etc. describe transmits more power than allowed (OK if you sit in a Faraday cage) or is a solution that only is allowed in some regions. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 25, 2020 at 15:20


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