A Micro-Resonator Based Digital to Analog Converter for Ultralow Power Applications

Sally Ahmed, Xuecui Zou, Hossein Fariborzi

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This paper presents a micro-resonator based digital to analog converter (DAC) for the internet of things (IoT) and low power applications. The device consists of a clamped-clamped micro-resonator with multiple electrodes. To enable the operation as a DAC, the air-gap between each partial electrode and the beam is varied based on the weight of input bits, so the beam’s resonance frequency and the output amplitude are decided by digital inputs. The tested DAC consumes 7 pJ/conversion step with a sampling rate of 64 S/s. We show that a sampling rate of 0.1 MS/s and energy/conversion of 2.7 fJ can be achieved by moderate device scaling.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 20th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems & Eurosensors XXXIII (TRANSDUCERS & EUROSENSORS XXXIII)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781538681046
StatePublished - Aug 22 2019

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2016-CRG5-3001
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank Nizar Al Jaber, Saad Ilyas and Prof. Mohammad Younis from the PSE division at KAUST for their feedback. This work is supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) office of sponsored research (OSR) under Award No. OSR-2016-CRG5-3001.


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