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IEEE Trans Biomed Circuits Syst. 2008 Dec;2(4):280-8. doi: 10.1109/TBCAS.2008.2003429.

A Low-Power CMOS Front-End for Photoplethysmographic Signal Acquisition With Robust DC Photocurrent Rejection.


A micro-power CMOS front-end, consisting of a transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and an ultralow cutoff frequency lowpass filter for the acquisition of photoplethysmographic signal (PPG) is presented. Robust DC photocurrent rejection for the pulsed signal source is achieved through a sample-and-hold stage in the feed-forward signal path and an error amplifier in the feedback path. Ultra-low cutoff frequency of the filter is achieved with a proposed technique that incorporates a pair of current-steering transistors that increases the effective filter capacitance. The design was realized in a 0.35-mum CMOS technology. It consumes 600 muW at 2.5 V, rejects DC photocurrent ranged from 100 nA to 53.6 muA, and achieves lower-band and upper-band - 3-dB cutoff frequencies of 0.46 and 2.8 Hz, respectively.

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