Design and fabrication of an integrated CMOS-MEMS 3-axis accelerometer

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This paper reports a novel single structure, three-axis sensing accelerometer based on post-CMOS process. The resultant device incorporates both thin-film structures and bulk Si structures to achieve three-axis acceleration sensing without extra front-side lithography, or wafer bonding, which are required by other CMOS three-axis accelerometers. Behavioral simulation using NODAS and FEM simulation were used to validate the design. The overall structure size is about 1mm by 1mm. Noise floor of 0.1 mG/rtHz is expected in all three axes. Characterization is ongoing.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Technical Proceedings of the 2003 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 2
Published: February 23, 2003
Pages: 420 - 423
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topic: MEMS & NEMS Devices, Modeling & Applications
ISBN: 0-9728422-1-7