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A diode-based two-wire-solution for temperature-compensated piezoresistive pressure sensors
KTH, Superseded Departments, Signals, Sensors and Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9552-4234
2003 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, ISSN 0018-9383, Vol. 50, no 2, 503-509 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A novel two-wire solution for ultraminiaturized temperature-compensated piezoresistive pressure sensors is presented. The technique makes it possible to measure both pressure and temperature separately by using bias-controlled diodes as switches between the pressure and temperature sensing elements. The pn-junction diodes are, forward-biased or reverse-biased depending on the polarization of the voltage supply. The new diode-based two-wire technique was evaluated using a surface micromachined pressure sensor,where the pressure-sensing element consists of a piezoresistor on an (80 x 40 x 1 mum) double end supported force-transducing beam. The beam is located beneath a (100 x 100 x 2 mum) square polysilicon diaphragm having its ends attached to the diaphragm and to the cavity edge. The thermal compensation piezoresistor is also located in the cavity on a (100 x 40 x 1 mum) beam. Both ends of this beam are attached to the cavity edge and are therefore pressure-insensitive. The new detection solution enables a reduction of conducting leads from three to two in combination with,high pressure sensitivity (0.7 muV/V/mmHg) and environmental isolation compared to a commercialized traditional piezoresistive pressure sensor. Its simplicity and the potential for size reduction due to fewer bonding pads and conducting wires make it ideal for applications such as disposable blood pressure sensor where cost and size are critical parameters.

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2003. Vol. 50, no 2, 503-509 p.
Keyword [en]
force transducing beam, miniaturized, pressure sensor, temperature compensation
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-22451DOI: 10.1109/ted.2003.809026ISI: 000182496000033OAI: diva2:341149
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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