Front-end IC design for intravascular ultrasound imaging

Yamaner, Yalçın Feysel and Cenkeramaddi, Linga Reddy and Bozkurt, Ayhan (2008) Front-end IC design for intravascular ultrasound imaging. In: PhD. Research in Microelectronics and Electronics, PRIME 2008., Boğaziçi Un'versity, Istanbul. (Accepted/In Press)

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Capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers(cMUT) technology is a new trend for intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging. Large bandwidth, high sensitivity and compatibility to CMOS processes makes the cMUT a better choice compared to the conventional piezoelectric transducer. To exploit the merits of cMUT technology, an accurately designed front end circuit is required. The circuit functions as an output pulse driver for the generation of the acoustic signal and buffers the return echo. For an accurate evaluation before tape-out, the circuit has to be simulated using the post-layout extracted netlist of the IC with the electrical equivalent circuit that models the transducer pulse-echo behavior. In this paper, we present two different designs of front-end IC for 2D cMUT arrays that can be used for intravascular ultrasound imaging system. To simulate the response of the front-end circuit, we first developed a pulse-echo model for an array element using Mason Equivalent Circuit. The model is then combined with the front-end circuit using Cadence Spectre. The simulation results are verified by comparing them to experimental data obtained from the manufactured front-end IC. The results show that the front-end circuit tested with the equivalent circuit model of the cMUT elements is promising for the optimization of the overall system performance before manufacturing.
Item Type: Papers in Conference Proceedings
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Electronics
Depositing User: Ayhan Bozkurt
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2008 15:10
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 08:47

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