A microinstrumentation system for industrial applications

TitleA microinstrumentation system for industrial applications
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsHigino Correia, J., E. Cretu, M. Bartek, and R. F. Wolffenbuttel
Conference NameIndustrial Electronics, 1997. ISIE '97., Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on
Pagination846 -850 vol.3
Date Publishedjul.
Keywordsanalog-digital converter, analogue-digital conversion, chip-level infrastructure, computerised instrumentation, data acquisition, data acquisition system, data-processing, embedded microcontroller, front-end sensors, individual smart sensor die attachment, industrial applications, inertial navigation, Integrated Smart Sensor bus, interface circuits, interrupt request, microcontrollers, microinstrumentation system, microsensors, multi-chip-module, multichip modules, on-chip local sensor bus interface, optional compatible sensors, peripheral interfaces, power consumption control, reduced instruction set computing, RISC-type MCU architecture, sensor bus interface, sensors, signal-conditioning circuits, standard silicon platform, testing, testing facilities, thermal budget, thermal sensors, thermal variables measurement

This paper describes the development of a microinstrumentation system in silicon containing all the components of the data acquisition system, such as sensors, signal-conditioning circuits, analog-digital converter, interface circuits, sensor bus interface, and an embedded microcontroller (MCU). The microinstrumentation system is to be fabricated using the multi-chip-module (MCM) technology based on a chip-level infrastructure. A standard silicon platform is the floorplan for individual smart sensor die attachment and an on-chip local sensor bus interface, testing facilities, optional compatible sensors (such as thermal sensors). The microinstrumentation system is controlled by a MCU with several modes of low-power operation (inclusive stand-by mode). As the intended application requires a huge amount of data-processing, a RISC-type MCU architecture is to be used. The MCU communicates with the front-end sensors via a two-line (clock and data lines) intramodule sensor bus (Integrated Smart Sensor bus). The sensor scan rate is adaptive and can be event triggered. This upgraded version of the ISS bus allows: service and interrupt request from the sensors, test and calibration facilities. However, the additional functionality requires a third line. The MCU also controls the power consumption and the thermal budget of all systems. This paper also presents three applications for the microinstrumentation system: condition monitoring of machines, an inertial navigation system and a miniature spectrometer


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