Global digital controller for multi-channel micro-stimulator with 5-wire interface featuring on-the-fly power-supply modulation and tissue impedance monitoring

Paul Jung Ho Lee, Man Kay Law, Amine Bermak

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This paper reports a global digital controller for multi-channel high density micro-stimulator applications. By centralizing the essential functions including stimulation timing controls, tissue-electrode impedance (TEI) monitoring and power supply modulation in the global digital controller (GDC), digital blocks in the local electrode driver channels (LEDCs) can be greatly simplified, resulting in compact electrode drivers suitable for high density intracellular stimulations. Based on the proposed column-parallel row-scanning (CPRS) stimulator topology, the 5-wire global control ensures customized per channel stimulation with minimal interfacing overhead. A 4-column GDC stimulator prototype is fabricated in a 0.18 µm CMOS process. It features flexible stimulation with a power consumption of 18 µW/column while enabling global power-supply modulation and real-time TEI monitoring for improved stimulation efficiency and safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalMicroelectronics Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017



  • Global digital controller
  • Multi-channel micro-stimulator
  • Power supply modulation
  • Tissue-electrode impedance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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