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A Mixed-Signal Embedded Platform for Automotive Sensor Conditioning

  • Emilio Volpi1Email author,
  • Luca Fanucci1,
  • Adolfo Giambastiani2,
  • Alessandro Rocchi2,
  • Francesco D'Ascoli2,
  • Marco Tonarelli2,
  • Massimiliano Melani2 and
  • Corrado Marino2
EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems20102010:945646

Received: 6 July 2009

Accepted: 8 October 2009

Published: 17 January 2010


A mixed-signal embedded system called Intelligent Sensor InterFace (ISIF) suited to fast identify, trim, and verify an architecture to interface a given sensor is presented. This system has been developed according to a platform-based design approach, a methodology that has proved to be efficient for building complex mixed-signal embedded systems with short time-to-market. Such platform consists in a wide set of optimized high-performance analog, digital, and software intellectual property (IP) modules for various kinds of sensors. These IPs can be easily defined for fast prototyping of the interface circuit for the given sensor. Final ASIC implementation for the given sensor conditioning can be easily derived with reduced risk and short development time. Some case examples are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness and flexibility of this system.


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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
SensorDynamics AG, Navacchio (Pisa), Italy


© Emilio Volpi et al. 2010

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