Integrated reconfigurable high-voltage transmitting circuit for CMUTs

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Abstract

In this paper a high-voltage transmitting circuit aimed for capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) used in scanners for medical applications is designed and implemented in a 0.35 μm high-voltage CMOS process. The transmitting circuit is reconfigurable externally making it able to drive a wide variety of CMUTs. The transmitting circuit can generate several pulse shapes with voltages up to 100 V, maximum pulse range of 50 V, frequencies up to 5 MHz and different driving slew rates. Measurements are performed on the circuit in order to assess its functionality and power consumption performance. The design occupies an on-chip area of 0.938 mm2 and the power consumption of a 128-element transmitting circuit array that would be used in an portable ultrasound scanner is found to be a maximum of 181 mW.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnalog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing
Volume84
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)343-352
ISSN0925-1030
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Integrated Transmitting circuit H
  • Highvoltage
  • Level shifter
  • Ultrasound
  • CMUT

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