A radiation-hardened instrumentation amplifier for sensor readout integrated circuits in nuclear fusion applications

Kyungsoo Jeong, Duckhoon Ro, Gwanho Lee, Myounggon Kang, Hyung Min Lee

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Abstract

A nuclear fusion reactor requires a radiation-hardened sensor readout integrated circuit (IC), whose operation should be tolerant against harsh radiation effects up to MGy or higher. This paper proposes radiation-hardening circuit design techniques for an instrumentation amplifier (IA), which is one of the most sensitive circuits in the sensor readout IC. The paper studied design considerations for choosing the IA topology for radiation environments and proposes a radiation-hardened IA structure with total-ionizing-dose (TID) effect monitoring and adaptive reference control functions. The radiation-hardened performance of the proposed IA was verified through model-based circuit simulations by using compact transistor models that reflected the TID effects into complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) parameters. The proposed IA was designed with the 65 nm standard CMOS process and provides adjustable voltage gain between 3 and 15, bandwidth up to 400 kHz, and power consumption of 34.6 µW, while maintaining a stable performance over TID effects up to 1 MGy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number429
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Volume7
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by National R&D Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT (NRF-2017M1A7A1A01016260). This research was also supported by National R&D Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT (NRF-2017M1A7A1A01016265).

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by National R&D Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT (NRF-2017M1A7A1A01016260). This research was also supported by National R&D Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT (NRF-2017M1A7A1A01016265).

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: The EDA tool was supported by the IC Design Education Center (IDEC), Korea. The authors would like to thank Suk-Ho Hong and Heung Su Kim of the National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI), Daejeon, Korea, for technical discussion.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Keywords

  • Instrumentation amplifier
  • Nuclear fusion
  • Radiation-hardened
  • Sensor readout IC
  • Total ionizing dose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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