Special Issue "Integrated Analog Circuits, Systems, and Sensors, and Their Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: modern analog active devices and elements; electronic adjustment; tunability and adjustability extension; analog filters; oscillators and generators; fractional-order circuits; immittance emulators; design and simulation in CMOS processes (Cadence Virtuoso); circuits and systems for sensing readouts
Interests: wireless communication systems; RF measurement; signal processing and computer-aided analysis
Interests: oscillators; band-gap references; regulators; phase-locked loop; low noise analog filters and variable gain amplifiers
The standard supply voltages of analog integrated circuits, for instance ±5 V, offer sufficient voltage space for a wide range of electronic adjustments of their parameters, and the development of systems with a high linearity, a high speed, and low real effects (e.g., parasitic impedances) and noises. The design of various on-chip electronic systems targets a small occupied silicon area and low-power consumption. Thereby, the supply voltage must also be very low. However, there are several restrictions, namely:
- A limited voltage range for the electronic adjustment of parameters (e.g., external adjustment of gain or cut-off frequency) in final applications;
- A limited speed and bandwidth;
- Limited linearity;
- Limited voltage space for cascode structures.
The low supply voltage has a direct effect on the range of the re-configurability and electronic tunability of the parameters of various analog systems, including sensor readouts. In addition, the limited output levels produced by circuits, developed in low-voltage IC processes, cannot be sufficient for direct interconnection with many standard circuits (used in common practice). In general, the low supply voltage creates limitations for many common systems, especially in their design approaches and for their compatibility with standard voltage level schemes. Typical examples are mixed systems, including bipolar transistor logic, dependent on a 5 V voltage range. Unfortunately, the higher the supply voltage, the higher the power consumption. Therefore, methods that facilitate the enhancement of the adjustment of parameters in low-voltage designs, enhance the performances of CMOS circuits regarding their problems with a low-output resistance, and improve on the linearity of a circuit´s features (e.g., transfer response, tunability) are required.
This Special Issue focuses on the development of advanced integrated active elements, circuits, systems, and sensors with flexible multi-parameter adjustments, and their application in real-use cases. Both original research and survey (review) papers are welcomed.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The development of novel integrated active elements, circuits, and systems enabling multi-parametric adjustments; their integer-order and fractional-order applications; and their sensor and readout utilizations.
- The development of advanced integer- and fractional-order signal generators using enhanced or multi-parameter controllability.
- The design of circuits utilizing adjustability enhancement for limited ranges of driving force (voltage and current) or the simultaneous driving of several parameters for a wide range of applications.
- Converters between low-voltage IC systems and the adaptation of low-voltage circuits with different supply voltages.
- The linearization of the features (input–output characteristics, dependence of tunable parameters on the driving force, etc.) of low-voltage circuits and systems.
- New sensor and readout flexible IC applications for the processing of physical quantities.
Dr. Roman Sotner
Dr. Ladislav Polak
Dr. Abhirup Lahiri
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- Active elements
- Electronic control
- Multi-parameter control and tunability enhancement
- Sensors and readout circuits for processing of physical quantities
- Signal generation