Noise considerations for closed loop digital accelerometers

E. Gaura, M. Kraft, Romanowicz B. Laudon M. (Editor)

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This paper investigates the noise shaping properties of a sigma-delta modulator type control system applied to a micromachined accelerometer. Three noise sources are present in such an electromechanical closed loop system: mechanical noise due to Brownian motion, electronic noise introduced by the interface circuit due to thermal noise sources in the electronic devices and quantisation noise due to the analog to digital conversion process. It is well known that the sigma-delta modulator system shapes the quantisation noise in an advantageous way by attenuating it in the signalband. It is shown here that it also shapes the electronic noise favorably. However, this property is less pronounced. The Brownian noise remains unaffected in the signal band. With the outlined simulation procedures it is possible to predict the dominant noise contributions for different sampling frequencies of the sigma-delta control system and hence design an optimized control system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnical Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0-9708275-7-1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventInternational Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 21 Apr 200225 Apr 2002


ConferenceInternational Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Abbreviated titleMSM 2002
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Internet address


  • Brownian noise
  • Micromachined accelerometers
  • Quantisation noise
  • Sigma delta modulators
  • Brownian movement
  • Capacitors
  • Digital control systems
  • Electric potential
  • Micromachining
  • Sensors
  • Signal to noise ratio
  • Accelerometers
  • Spurious signal noise


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