An Implantable Ultrasonically Powered System for Optogenetic Stimulation with Power-Efficient Active Rectifier and Charge-Reuse Capability

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This paper presents a novel micro-scale ultrasonically powered optogenetic microstimulator with the vision of treating Parkinson’s Disease. This system features a power-efficient active rectifier benefiting from a novel powering approach for its comparators. The main basis of the idea is to lower the Rail-to-Rail supply voltage of the comparators, thereby lowering their propagation delays. This technique improves the power conversion efficiency of the active rectifiers in two ways. First by decreasing the propagation delay of the comparators, and second by reusing the consumed power by the active diodes. The proposed system including the active rectifier, a novel double-pass regulator, a current reference, and a burst detection circuit is designed, simulated and fabricated in TSMC 0.18 µm CMOS technology with a total silicon area of 0.09 mm2. Based on the experimental results, the proposed active rectifier exhibits a voltage conversion ratio of 2.22−93.57% for input voltages of around 3 V, and a power conversion efficiency of up to 94.51% for a load of 2.84 mW and over the frequency range of 1−7 MHz. A proof-of-concept system including the fabricated chip, a 560 × 560 × 490 µm3-sized lead zirconate titanate (PZT-4) piezoelectric receiver, and a custom-designed 280 × 180 × 100 µm3 blue µ LED is designed and measured in a Water tank. For an acoustic intensity of 28.8 mW/mm2, the available electrical power at the crystal terminals, the output DC power, and the output light intensity were measured equal to 2.454 mW, 2.276 mW, and 9.29 mW/mm2, respectively. The quiescent current of the chip in absence of power bursts is measured equal to 8.4 µA.
TidsskriftIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
Sider (fra-til)1362-1371
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2019

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