Ambient Backscatter Communications for Future Ultra-Low-Power Machine Type Communications: Challenges, Solutions, Opportunities, and Future Research Trends

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Research units

  • University of Houston
  • Kyung Hee University


The widespread applications of massive MTC are limited by energy availability, spectrum congestion, and device costs. The emerging AmBC not only addresses these bottlenecks but also opens opportunities for new applications. This article aims to explore AmBC-enhanced future ultra-low-power MTC. In this context, we present the development trends in AmBC prototype designs and discuss potential applications, highlight the specific features of the AmBC technology, and review AmBC receiver designs. Finally, we investigate and outline the future research challenges and trends from the practical aspects of AmBC systems.


Original languageEnglish
Article number8999426
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Internet of Things, Wireless sensor networks, Low power electronics, Ambient networks

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