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Hardware/Software Codesign in a Compact Ion Mobility Spectrometer Sensor System for Subsurface Contaminant Detection

EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems20082008:137295

  • Received: 6 August 2007
  • Accepted: 7 January 2008
  • Published:


A field-programmable-gate-array-(FPGA-) based data acquisition and control system was designed in a hardware/software codesign environment using an embedded Xilinx Microblaze soft-core processor for use with a subsurface ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) system, designed for detection of gaseous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). An FPGA is used to accelerate the digital signal processing algorithms and provide accurate timing and control. An embedded soft-core processor is used to ease development by implementing nontime critical portions of the design in software. The design was successfully implemented using a low-cost, off-the-shelf Xilinx Spartan-III FPGA and supporting digital and analog electronics.


  • VOCs
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Sensor System
  • Electronic Circuit
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Authors’ Affiliations

Hartman Systems Integration Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725, USA
Center for Environmental Sensing, Department of Civil Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725, USA


© Sin Ming Loo et al. 2008

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