A 6.9mW 120fps 28×50 capacitive touch sensor with 41.7dB SNR for 1mm stylus using current-driven ?S ADCs

Hyunseok Hwang, Hyeyeon Lee, Hongchae Kim, Youngcheol Chae

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Capacitive touch sensors are essential for the user interfaces of smartphones and tablet PCs. Large touch-screen panels (TSPs) require high-quality touch features, resulting in an increased number of sensing channels as well as a reduction of sensing capacitance due to fine-pitch arrangements. Therefore, touch-sensor ICs demand high resolution, low power and high efficiency. State-of-the-art capacitive touch sensors [1-6] mostly rely on capacitive charge amplifiers as analog front-ends (AFEs), which convert the capacitor change into a voltage signal and often limit the system noise figure, thus consuming most of the power. This paper presents a 120fps 28×50 touch sensor that achieves 41.7dB SNR for 1mm-φ stylus, while consuming 6.9mW, which results in an energy efficiency of 0.41nJ/step, for a >4× improvement compared to state-of-the-art stylus touch sensors (see Fig. 9.7.6). This is achieved by a current-driven ΔΣ ADC architecture, which implements charge balancing between a reference charge and a differential current from adjacent channels, directly interfacing with 2nd-order ΔΣ modulators. An area-efficient sinc2 filter, as a decimation filter, enables full parallel implementation of the 2nd-order ΔΣ ADCs, providing sufficient suppression of interference signals. In contrast to previous works, the current-driven ΔΣ ADC only needs to digitize small differential currents, which relaxes requirements of the front-end amplifier, resulting in a large power reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2017
EditorsLaura C. Fujino
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781509037575
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 2
Event64th IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2017 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 2017 Feb 52017 Feb 9

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
ISSN (Print)0193-6530


Other64th IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was financially supported by the "Sensitivity touch platform development and new industrialization support program" through the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy(MOTIE) and Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology(KIAT)

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 IEEE.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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