Sensor principles and integrated interface circuits

Lecture and seminar

Sensor principles and integrated interface circuits


The growing interest in the field of smart sensors have set new limits on realizing different sensors that are capable to capture myriad types of signals. Moreover, highly efficient integrated circuits are engineered to amplify, filter or generally readout these signals without reducing their quality. Consequently, different circuit techniques are incorporated to capture different signals according to the system’s speed, noise and precision requirements as well as being able to interface the sensor in possession (such as magnetic, resistive, temperature or capacitive sensors).

Integrated interface circuit
This figure shows a generic block diagram of a sensor system consisting of a sensor represented in its electrical equivalent circuit and integrated interface electronics used to process the analog signal and convert it to its digital representation for further processing


In this lecture, students will gain knowledge on different types of sensors. Moreover, noise generated by sensors and the integrated electronics will be explained since noise represents being the bottleneck of most integrated interface systems. Afterwards, different readout concepts will be discussed as well as real circuit implementations designed to be able to extract the signal to be measured. Finally, an overview of different data converters used to convert the measured analogue signal to a digital signal used for digital signal processing will be discussed.



This picture showsJens Anders
Prof. Dr.

Jens Anders

Institute Director

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