A new readout/driver circuitry for an optical vibration sensor

Chun Hao Wu, Paul C.-P. Chao*, Yi Cheng Wu, Thilo Sauter, Hsiao-Wen Zan

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This work presents research results on designing the drive and readout circuits for a newly-developed optical vibrations sensor. Tes sensor consists of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and photodetectors (OPDs) and micro-structure to realize the function of vibration sensing. Proper operations of OLEDs and OPDS needs a driver and a readout circuit, respectively. A driver circuit is designed for driving and controlling OLED light; also, a readout circuit is designed to acquire current signal from OPD and then converts it to digital signals by an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). In addition to readout circuit, a front-end amplifier called transimpedance amplifier (TIA) is designed for converting the output current of the OPDs. The TIA is followed by an IA and LPF for better signal quality before a SAR ADC designed for converting the vibration amplitude to digits. The resolution of 10-bit ADC sub-circuit is 1.95mV/LSB. It is suitable for OPD current output. Moreover, a pulse width modulation (PWM) driver circuit which is designed with frequency output 200 KHz is suitable for driving OLED. The proposed circuit is fabricated by TSMC 0.35-μm CMOS process where the area is 4.5 mm2 for the whole chip while power consumption is 7.808 mW.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE SENSORS 2017 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781509010127
StatePublished - 29 Oct 2017
Event16th IEEE SENSORS Conference, ICSENS 2017 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Oct 20171 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors
ISSN (Print)1930-0395
ISSN (Electronic)2168-9229


Conference16th IEEE SENSORS Conference, ICSENS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • OLED driver
  • PWM control
  • TIA
  • analog readout circuit


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