A Pitch-Matched Transceiver ASIC for 3D Ultrasonography with Micro-Beamforming ADCs based on Passive Boxcar Integration and a Multi-Level Datalink

P. Guo*, Z. Y. Chang, E. Noothout, H. J. Vos, J. G. Bosch, N. De Jong, M. D. Verweij, M. A.P. Pertijs

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Abstract

This paper presents a pitch-matched transceiver ASIC integrated with a 2-D transducer array for a wearable ultrasound device for transfontanelle ultrasonography. The ASIC combines 8-fold multiplexing, 4-channel micro-beamforming (μ BF) and sub-array-level digitization to achieve a 128-fold channel-count reduction. The μ BF is based on passive boxcar integration and interfaces with a 10-bit 40 MS/s SAR ADC in the charge domain, thus obviating the need for explicit anti-alias filtering and power-hungry ADC drivers. A compact and low-power reference generator employs an area-efficient MOS capacitor as a reservoir to quickly set a reference for the ADC in the charge domain. A low-power multi-level data link concatenates outputs of four ADCs, leading to an aggregate 3.84 Gb/s data rate. Per channel, the RX circuit consumes 2.06 mW and occupies 0.05 mm2.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IEEE Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits, VLSI Technology and Circuits 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9784863488069
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2023
Event2023 IEEE Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits, VLSI Technology and Circuits 2023 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 11 Jun 202316 Jun 2023

Publication series

SeriesDigest of Technical Papers - Symposium on VLSI Technology
Volume2023-June
ISSN0743-1562

Conference

Conference2023 IEEE Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits, VLSI Technology and Circuits 2023
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKyoto
Period11/06/2316/06/23

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgement This publication is part of the project MIFFY with project number 15293 of the Open Technology Programme which is financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

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