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Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are very small electromechanical devices. Common devices made using the technology include accelerometers, gyroscopes and microphones.

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What changes when you modify gyro/accelerometer/magnetometer range?

In hobby-grade MEMS IMUs and MARGS such as MPU-6050, you can change certain registers on the chip and modify the sensor's range. For example 2 g or 8 g for an accelerometer. Of course, because the ADC ...
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Frequency response of accelerometer MMA7361L

In order to create the model of the MEMS accelerometer MMA7361L I'm going to need the frequency response of it, but I don't have access to the university lab to use the oscilloscope because of the ...
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What is the output voltage and current necessary to operate the MEMS mirror?

I am trying to develop a driver to control a MEMS mirror by Mirrorcle. The specific component is A8L2.2-5000AU-TINY48.4. The data sheet only includes VdifferenceMax and and frequency information, but ...
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What does ST mean with “Temperature Offset” for the temperature sensor in their IMUs?

When reading the datasheet of the LSM6DSO32 IMU I noticed on p. 29 the characteristics of the integrated temperature sensor (see screenshot below): The sensor gives a digital reading of 0 for a ...
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How to compute the substrate doping concentration given parameters to compute Effective Gate Length?

I have been struggling with this homework question all weekend, and given it's Easter, I turn to the mercy of your all's wisdom given my University resources are unavailable. Any help you all could ...
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Pressure sensor for COVID19 medical equipment [closed]

Ventilators are going to be in critical shortage worldwide soon because of COVID19. Many people are working on jury-rigged solutions. A lot of those solutions work (most of the time!) but they have ...
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Looking for the library of the accelerometer MMA7361L or an equivalent in Proteus

I want to draw the transfer function of the accelerometer that I am using, which is the MMA7361L, using Proteus. Can you please help me to find it or to find an equivalent?
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MPU 6050 accelerometer generating gaussian noise with strange gaps

I was using an GY-521 accelerometer/gyroscope module in order to provide inertial tracking. The GY-521 interfaces with an Arduino which sends data over a serial connection. I convert these values into ...
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Is it possible to set up multiple wake up interrupts on STM32. ? How to manage multiple sensor reading intervals?

I am new to developing applications on STM32 development boards. Currently i have STM32 IoT discovery kit. I am able to configure all the sensors and read data. I am interested in low power design ...
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Considerations for transmitting the signal from a MEMS microphone over a short cable?

In my application I have the signals from 6 analog MEMS microphones (CUI Devices CMM-3729AT-42108-TR), each amplified by a pair of op-amps in a voltage follower -> inverting amp configuration. The ...
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How can I add (kHz to MHz) high voltage signal to a high voltage DC offset?

I am working with MEMS structures and need to move a device (switch) in a operating point with quite high offset. (150V DC offset and a voltage swing of 60V) To generate the high HF Voltage (up to ...
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Capacitance calculation of comb-drive actuator

I just want to make sure that I am performing this calculation correctly... From this COMSOL study, I gathered the following info... $$C_t = N\frac{\varepsilon_o\varepsilon_rl_ot}{d}$$ $$C_f = \...
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Question about a capacitance to voltage converter

I followed a MEMS course made basically of seminars. The examination is just the presentation of a scientific article. I've been given an article in which the Authors present a MEMS inclinometer ("...
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LSM303CTR 3-wire SPI and I2C - conceptual problem

I'm trying to interface LSM303CTR e-compass from ST-microelectronics with microcontroler. Due to design limitations I have to use 4-wire SPI. This MEMS device has option to switch beetween 3-wire ...
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MEMS Oscillator not running, why?

For the latest iteration of my prototype, I replaced a quartz oscillator with (what I thought would be) a drop-in MEMS replacement: the DSC6013CI2A-033.0000. It is suppling a 33 MHz clock to a TLC5955 ...
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Why are MEMS in QFN packages?

I've seen that many (if not all of them) MEMS, like accelerometers, they are only available in QFN packages. Why is that?
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How is Gyro drift error related to error in velocity and position?

While reading about IMU on wikipedia I found this about its disadvantages: "A constant error in attitude rate (gyro) results in a quadratic error in velocity and a cubic error growth in position." ...
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Frequency response of MEMS sensor in datasheet

I am looking for a MEMS acceleration sensor and the frequency range of 0 to 20 Hz is required. But after checking a lot of datasheets I am confused. Because in most datasheets I am unable to find any ...
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Invensense MPU9150 Accelerometer Raw Values Even

I've been working on pulling data from an MPU-9150 for a data filtering project, and I ran into a issue that I'm not sure of the cause. When I set the accelerometer to ±2g or ±4g range, all the raw ...
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Signal conditioning for 2SMPP-03 Pressure sensor

I am wanting to develop a circuit that accurately measures 15 Omron 2SMPP-03 sensors within its full range of -50KPA to 50KPA. Could someone give me a head start or refer me to some information on how ...
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LSM303C temperature sensor

I'm trying to read the temperature sensor from the LSM303C. I have enabled the sensor and can see the values move when the temperature is changed. But, the format of the sensor data is not provided by ...
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Why the prevelance of mechanical oscillators in electronic circuits?

The clock sources in modern electronics seem to come invariably from quartz and MEMS oscillators, both of which generate vibrations mechanically. The amplitude and frequency of the vibration are ...
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Sampling DC and AC components of capacitive sensor

I'm using a MEMS capacitive pressure sensor SCB10H. As I understand it, I can wire it up in one of two ways. Either I can measure the absolute capacitance using a chip like the TI FDC1004. In this ...
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How do we extract the etchant after it is stopped at the boron layer in MEMs fabrication process?

Dopant-Selective etch stop method is where we create a layer of highly doped boron in the substrate to stop the etching process at that exact layer, but when that cavity is created the etchants are ...
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Replacement of MEMS gyroscope with better less noise devices [closed]

Is there any good replacement for MEMS based 6 or 9 degree of freedom gyroscope to use with Arduino ? I read that most of MEMS are not reliable regarding the values, with slow reading and high noise ...
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How do we measure capacitance by change in vibration

A capacitively based MEMS affinity glucose sensor. link to the IEEE paper, from where I've got this doubt. The gold electrodes are separated with some distance and the permalloy is vibrating with ...
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Why does my smartphone level app require calibrating? [closed]

Doing some housework the other day I downloaded an app to my smartphone that included a level for measuring tilt. The app requires me to calibrate the level by first placing my phone on a perfectly ...
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How to find the actual measurement range of a temperature sensor, HTS221?

I am considering to buy the HTS221 Digital Temperature and Humidity Sensor by STMicroelectronics. The datasheet says the operating temperature of the sensor is from -40°C to 120°C. But on page 33 of ...
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Understanding Pressure MEMS Technical Information (Relative and Absolute Accuracy)

In my research, I use smartphones pressure sensor data, and I need to understand their errors and limitations. I found the technical chart for the sensor: But I don't really understand the meaning of ...
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Why are accelerometers (and other MEMS devices) so rarely integrated into components?

With the way things are headed, more and more functionality moves into a single chip each year. However, one thing that seems to remain completely untouched by this is MEMS devices like accelerometers ...
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How to improve AHRS algorithm

I'm currently working on a project with multiple IMUs mounted on moving vehicle estimating their pose. I've just read about AHRS algorithms. So I have two questions about them: Since my data is pre-...
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Reading FIFO in LSM6DS3

What is the difference between reading the FIFO registers(FIFO_DATA_OUT_L,FIFO_DATA_OUT_H) and Sensor output registers(OUTX_L_XL to OUTZ_H_XL) both are same?which is recommended to get the raw data ...
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Interrupt and FIFO settings in LSM6DS3

Requirement: Need to use only accelerometer in LSM6DS3 at 104 Hz in 2g full-scale mode and FIFO in Continuous mode. Interrupt should be generated every 320 msec. Understanding: For every 1 sec there ...
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How can I keep stable position of my drone? How can I detect bias of them?

I am just a little bit worried about my research because I feel stuck in one point and I can't find the exit door. My question is about this: I will design a drone and the professor wants that ...
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Measuring High Speed Angular Velocity 20,000+ rps

I'm looking for a way of measuring angular velocity in a spinning object at high speeds - up to 25,000 degrees per second. There's ridiculously expensive gyros in the market that can do this, but I'm ...
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Dynamic Voltage controlled Capacitor

I need a sinusoidal varying capacitor to test a differential capacitance circuit. I will use the circuit to test MEMS gyroscope/accelerometer capacitance change. But right now I do not have the ...
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Is it possible to align a mems gyro to approximately true north with no external data input?

Is it possible to align a mems gyro to approximately true north with no external data input - ie nothing input by the user. I want to put a mems gyro/acc ship on a board and mount the board to a ...
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How to check if MEMS microphone is working?

I am using a MEMS microphone that I got from Digi Key ( Part Number: 1428-1021-1-ND). I soldered the mic on a PCB board using hot-air and then add an amplifier to increase the gain (Operational ...
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Is IMU sensitivity always equal to FS / resolution?

I'm in the process of evaluating MEMS IMUs for a new design. According to this post, if a Gyroscope's range is ±250°/s, and its resolution is 16-bit (0-65535), then sensitivity can be calculated as: \...
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How do I attach my MEMS device to a PCB? I do not have access to a die bonding machine

I want to connect the MEMS device electrically to a PCB through Au wire bonds. I have designed the PCB for the MEMS device to mount on. I would like to know if there is any way I can align and bond my ...
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Compensating for MEMS Gyroscopic drift

I'm new to IMUs and know that they are prone to high drift, which depends on Temperature, White Noise and Time, but the most uncertain drift is caused by time, and under certain circumstances, drift ...
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Does multiple IMU increase accuracy

I'm just starting up with IMU's and I really want to work on my own flight controller, but a question always hits my mind and I am not able to find answer anywhere, so I'm here. Will multiple IMUs ...
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wrong voltage when splitting from 5V to 3.3V [duplicate]

I am trying to connect the MMA5452Q accelerometer to arduino on 5V (later it will be substituted with attiny85, hence the 5V voltage). It works just fine when i supply arduino's 3.3V. When i try the ...
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Angle Random Walk Noise - MEMS Gyro Error sources

I am working in a implementation of a Dead Reckoning approach in a simulator. In order to take values more realistics I am considering this MEMS gyroscope (SMI130). In this document is given this ...
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Why do accelerometers have holes etched in their masses?

I have been studying MEMS for a while now and I noticed that in almost every accelerometer design there are holes etched in the mass that is attached to the hinge. Why is that? A thing I thought of ...
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Heat generation rate to temperature

I have heatgeneration rate in W/m3 and I wanted to know how much temperature it can generate. The heatgeneration element is Platinum resistor for MEMS project. I want to know numerical relation? ...
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Is the frequency accuracy of this MAX7373 oscillator within tolerance?

I'm currently using a Maximum Integrated MAX7375 MEMS 8MHz oscillator (http://www.digikey.ca/product-detail/en/maxim-integrated/MAX7375AXR805-T/MAX7375AXR805-TCT-ND/4967873) as a clock source for a ...
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Is it a bad idea to switch from using a quartz oscillator for my timing circuit to using a MEMS oscillator? [closed]

I've read MEMS oscillators offer improved performance including phase jitter less than 500fs and frequency stability down to +-0.1ppm. It's difficult to switch from quartz because it simply works and ...
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how to solder MEMS microphone to PCB at home? [closed]

I would like to experiment with audio applications using MEMS microphone. The problem is i cannot think of a way to solder these microphones on a pcb as PCB prototype manufacturers that i know won't ...
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MEMS measurements of relative motion [closed]

I haven't performed any tests, but if I am in a train with velocity != 0, what will measure my IMU? (With IMU I suppose to have acc + gyr + magn). I am in a relative motion system, and my MEMS will ...