We present a performance comparison between two types of microfluidic systems – continuous-flow systems and droplet-based systems. The comparison based on a specific microfluidic application – a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system. The modeling and simulation of PCR are based on a novel SystemC design environment. The performance comparison includes the system throughput, system correction capacity, system processing capacity and system design complexity. By using our system performance evaluation environment, we demonstrated that the droplet-based microfluidic system provides higher performance, as well as a lower design and integration complexity.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Technical Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Published: April 22, 2002
Pages: 48 - 53
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topic: Micro & Bio Fluidics, Lab-on-Chip