A 2.2 μW,-12dBm RF-powered wireless current sensing readout interface IC with injection-locking clock generation

Fu To Lin*, Shao Yung Lu, Yu-Te Liao

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Abstract

This paper presents a wireless-powering current-sensing readout system on a CMOS platform for portable electrochemical measurement. The wireless sensing system includes energy-efficient power management circuitry, a sensor readout interface, and a backscattering wireless communication scheme. For power-and-area-constrained bio-sensing applications, the proposed readout circuitry incorporates an ultra-low-power potentiostatic system that generates a current according to the electrochemical reaction, as well as an oscillator-based time-to-digital converter instead of a voltage-domain analog-to-digital converter. To avoid a bulky battery and power-hungry clock reference, the chip is wirelessly powered and injection-locked by the modulated radio waves, which includes a 918 MHz carrier signal mixed with a 3.2 MHz modulated signal. The chip, implemented using a 0.18-μm CMOS process, occupies a silicon area of 1mm-. The proposed design achieves a sensitivity of 289 Hz/nA and an R2 linearity of 0.997 over a current range of 200 nA while consuming 2.2 μW at a supply voltage of 0.8 V. The chip, integrated with a PCB antenna, has minimum sensitivities of -12 dBm and -25 dBm for RF-powering and injection-locking mechanisms, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7496934
Pages (from-to)950-959
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers
Volume63
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Electrochemical sensing
  • reference-free
  • temperature stabilization

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