CMOS impedance biosensor array with active tone cancellation for simultaneous impedance and nonlinearity measurement

  • Daniels J
  • Anderson E
  • Pourmand N
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We present a 6×6 array of impedance biosensor circuits implemented in 0.18 μm CMOS. Each pixel contains impedance-measuring circuitry plus tone cancellation circuitry to enable simultaneous measurement of the impedance's dependence on DC bias point. Changes in both impedance and nonlinearity of the electrode-solution interface can indicate binding of the biomolecule of interest. Our measurement scheme uses a large-amplitude low-frequency tone superimposed on the traditional small-signal excitation. The weakly nonlinear nature of the electrode-solution interface generates intermodulation tones which can be used to quantify the amount of nonlinearity. To avoid the large-amplitude signal saturating the amplifier output, a digital feedback loop actively cancels the low-frequency component by injecting an antiphase current at the summing node of the transimpedance amplifier, so that only the small-signal tone and intermodulation tones remain. Impedance changes of 0.2% can be detected. Each measurement pixel occupies 0.14 mm2 and consumes 1.9 mW.

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  • CMOS
  • Electrical biosensor
  • Impedance
  • Measurement array
  • Nonlinearity

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  • Jonathan S. Daniels

  • Erik P. Anderson

  • Nader Pourmand

  • Thomas H. Lee

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