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CMOS low-noise capacitance measurement circuit for micromachined gyroscope
Author(s): Wen Yu; Yong Ching Lim; Francis E.H. Tay; Yung C. Liang
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Paper Abstract

A CMOS low noise, high sensitivity circuit suitable for detecting the change in capacitance along the sensing direction of a vibration gyroscope with interdigitized finger comb structure is presented. The circuit is sued in conjunction with a fully differential capacitor bridge, which is formed by the sensing port of the mechanical structure. A mathematical model of a gyroscope is established for electrical simulation with electrical equivalent circuit. Theoretical analysis and computer simulation using HSPICE show that as low as 0.2aF change in capacitance is detectable under ideal conditions. Two high frequency carriers of the same magnitude and frequency are used in the circuit. Simulation results review that the resolution of the technique is severely affected by the mismatch of the high frequency carries. The effect of parasitic capacitance, which is inherent in the silicon micromachining technology, can be greatly reduced by selecting appropriate circuit configuration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3891, Electronics and Structures for MEMS, (29 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364454
Show Author Affiliations
Wen Yu, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Yong Ching Lim, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Francis E.H. Tay, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Yung C. Liang, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3891:
Electronics and Structures for MEMS
Neil W. Bergmann; Olaf Reinhold; Norman C. Tien, Editor(s)

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