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1 Institute of Microsystems

Abstract : In piezoresisitive two-axis accelerometers with two proof masses suspended by cantilever beams, there are generally many ways to configure the Wheatstone bridges. The configurations are different both with respect to functionality and performance. The main distinction is between bridges that contain resistors belonging to both proof masses, and the one bridge that doesn-t. We compare the different bridge configurations by analytical calculations of bridge non-linearity, robustness towards manufacturing variations and electronic noise. We consider accelerometers where the ratio between the sensitivity to acceleration normal and parallel to the chip plane vary over a wide range. For numerical examples we use representative values for p-type silicon. The performance of the configuration with one bridge connected to each proof mass is superior to those that combine resistors belonging to different proof masses.

Author: E. Halvorsen - S. Husa -



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