High-performance pull-in time accelerometer

By Dias, R.A.; Alves, F.S.; Costa, M.; Fonseca, H.; Cabral, J.; Gaspar, J&am

2015 Transducers - 2015 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2015

2015

Abstract

A closed-loop accelerometer based on electrostatic pull-in time is presented here. The main goal is to achieve high-performance, namely in respect to noise and sensitivity, with a very simple readout mechanism. An integrated system was implemented comprising actuation and readout circuitry, FPGA and MEMS sensor. It presents a good performance in comparison to the state-of-the-art. Experimental measurements have shown a sensitivity of 61.3 V-2/g, dynamic range of 110 dB and a noise level set below 3 mu g/root Hz, by the mechanical-thermal noise only. The measured bias stability is better than +/- 250 mu g over 48h with temperature control of +/- 1 degrees C.

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