Low-power front-ends for capacitive three-axis accelerometers

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Aalto-yliopiston teknillinen korkeakoulu | Doctoral thesis (article-based)
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Date
2010
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en
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Verkkokirja (849 KB, 82 s.)
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TKK dissertations, 243
Abstract
This thesis consists of six publications and an overview of the research topic. The overview concentrates on background information of the capacitive accelerometers and front-ends. The publications focus on two low-power front-ends that were implemented for capacitive three-axis accelerometers and their operation as a part of an interface. The switched-capacitor front-ends that were implemented are based on the charge-balancing structures, namely a self-balancing bridge and a ΔΣ front-end, which convert the capacitive acceleration information to analog and digital signals, respectively. Both structures operate mechanically in open-loop configuration and are capable of reducing the effects of the electrostatic forces and displacement-to-capacitance conversion. According to the performance comparison presented in this thesis, both interfaces, which were implemented around the front-ends, exhibit competitive performance when compared to the commercial products of the day.
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Halonen, Kari, Prof.
Keywords
capacitive three-axis accelerometer, electrostatic forces, front-end, power consumption
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  • [Publication 1]: Matti Paavola, Mika Kämäräinen, Jere Järvinen, Mikko Saukoski, Mika Laiho, and Kari Halonen. 2007. A 62µA interface ASIC for a capacitive 3-axis micro-accelerometer. In: Digest of Technical Papers of the 2007 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2007). San Francisco, CA, USA. 11-15 February 2007. Pages 318-319, 605. ISBN 1-4244-0852-0. © 2007 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). By permission.
  • [Publication 2]: Matti Paavola, Mika Kämäräinen, Jere A. M. Järvinen, Mikko Saukoski, Mika Laiho, and Kari A. I. Halonen. 2007. A micropower interface ASIC for a capacitive 3-axis micro-accelerometer. IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, volume 42, number 12, pages 2651-2665. © 2007 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). By permission.
  • [Publication 3]: Mika Kämäräinen, Mikko Saukoski, Matti Paavola, Jere A. M. Järvinen, Mika Laiho, and Kari A. I. Halonen. 2009. A micropower front end for three-axis capacitive microaccelerometers. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, volume 58, number 10, pages 3642-3652. © 2009 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). By permission.
  • [Publication 4]: Mika Kämäräinen, Matti Paavola, Mikko Saukoski, Erkka Laulainen, Lauri Koskinen, Marko Kosunen, and Kari Halonen. 2008. A 1.5µW 1V 2nd-order ΔΣ sensor front-end with signal boosting and offset compensation for a capacitive 3-axis micro-accelerometer. In: Digest of Technical Papers of the 2008 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2008). San Francisco, CA, USA. 3-7 February 2008. Pages 578-579, 637. ISBN 978-1-4244-2011-7. © 2008 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). By permission.
  • [Publication 5]: Matti Paavola, Mika Kämäräinen, Erkka Laulainen, Mikko Saukoski, Lauri Koskinen, Marko Kosunen, and Kari Halonen. 2008. A 21.2µA ΔΣ-based interface ASIC for a capacitive 3-axis micro-accelerometer. In: Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC 2008). Fukuoka, Japan. 3-5 November 2008. Pages 101-104. ISBN 978-1-4244-2605-8. © 2008 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). By permission.
  • [Publication 6]: Matti Paavola, Mika Kämäräinen, Erkka Laulainen, Mikko Saukoski, Lauri Koskinen, Marko Kosunen, and Kari A. I. Halonen. 2009. A micropower ΔΣ-based interface ASIC for a capacitive 3-axis micro-accelerometer. IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, volume 44, number 11, pages 3193-3210. © 2009 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). By permission.
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