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This paper presents a fast high-linearity low-power versatile interface circuit for MOX gas sensor. The device is based on a resistance-to-frequency converter with digital output, featuring 128dB-Dynamic Range with 8-bit accuracy. This is achieved with a constant measurement time of 250ms (i.e. with 4Hz output data-rate). The ASIC covers the 100Ω-1MΩ resistive range, with large programmability for the sensor resistance values. Large linearity (no glitches) is achieved with a single-scale measurement arrangement. The design effort reduces the power consumption to fit portable devices applications. The interface is realized in a standard CMOS 130nm technology with an area of 125000 μm 2 and 450μA-Total Current from a single 1.5V supply. Electrical and chemical measurements with a SnO 2 sensor validate the results, showing high minimum CO detection capability in ambient air of 5ppm.
Publication date: 
5 Sep 2019

Fulvio Ciciotti, Cesare Buffa, Antonio Vincenzo Radogna, Luca Francioso, Simonetta Capone, Richard Gaggl, Andrea Baschirotto

Biblio References: 
Volume: 19 Issue: 24 Pages: 12069-12078
IEEE Sensors Journal