A Low-Voltage Single-Supply Analog Lock-in Amplifier for Wireless Embedded Applications

Conference: RFID Systech 2010 - European Workshop on Smart Objects: Systems, Technologies and Applications
06/15/2010 - 06/16/2010 at Ciudad, Spain

Proceedings: RFID Systech 2010

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Gabal, Miguel; Medrano, Nicolás; Calvo, Belén; Celma, Santiago (Group of Electronic Design (I3A), University of Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain)

This paper presents a low-voltage single supply analog lock-in amplifier designed for processing resistive sensor signals in embedded wireless applications. The circuit, based on a single phase approach, includes a differential instrumentation amplifier, an analog polarity-reversing switch mixer and a low-pass filter. Experimental measurements have confirmed the capability of the proposed 3-V supplied lock-in amplifier to effectively recover signals at a fixed frequency with signal to noise ratios below 0.05. In addition, the system can be operated in three different power modes that permit extending the battery operation lifetime of the system.