Multi-Channel Signal Generator ASIC for Acoustic Holograms

Rui Song, Grace Richard, Christopher You-See Cheng, Lijun Teng, Yongqiang Qiu, Martin P.J. Lavery, Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Sandy Cochran, Ian Underwood

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A CMOS application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) has been developed to generate arbitrary, dynamic phase patterns for acoustic hologram applications. An experimental prototype has been fabricated to demonstrate phase shaping. It comprises a cascadable 1 ×9 array of identical, independently-controlled signal generators implemented in a 0.35 um minimum feature size process. It can individually control the phase of a square wave on each of the nine output pads. The footprint of the integrated circuit is 1175 ×88 um2. A 128 MHz clock frequency is used to produce outputs at 8 MHz with phase resolution of 16 levels (4-bit) per channel. A 6 × 6 air- coupled matrix array ultrasonic transducer was built and driven by four ASICs, with the help of commercial buffer amplifiers, for the application demonstration. Acoustic pressure mapping and particle manipulation were performed. Additionally, a 2 × 2 array piezoelectric micromachined ultrasonic transducer (PMUT) was connected and driven by four output channels of a single ASIC, demonstrating the flexibility of the ASIC to work with different transducers and the potential for direct integration of CMOS and PMUTs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
Early online date2 Sept 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Sept 2019


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