Low-power photoplethysmogram acquisition integrated circuit with robust light interference compensation

Jongpal Kim, Jihoon Kim, Hyoungho Ko

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To overcome light interference, including a large DC offset and ambient light variation, a robust photoplethysmogram (PPG) readout chip is fabricated using a 0.13-μm complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) process. Against the large DC offset, a saturation detection and current feedback circuit is proposed to compensate for an offset current of up to 30 μA. For robustness against optical path variation, an automatic emitted light compensation method is adopted. To prevent ambient light interference, an alternating sampling and charge redistribution technique is also proposed. In the proposed technique, no additional power is consumed, and only three differential switches and one capacitor are required. The PPG readout channel consumes 26.4 μW and has an input referred current noise of 260 pArms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number46
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number1
StatePublished - 31 Dec 2016

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  • Ambient light cancellation
  • Automatic emitted light compensation
  • Automatic offset compensation
  • Photoplethysmogram
  • Transimpedance amplifier


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