Dumas, Norbert and Xu, Zhou and Georgopoulos, Kostas and Bunyan, John and Richardson, Andrew (2007) Online sensor testing through superposition of encoded stimulus. In: Proceedings of the Design, Test, Integration and Packaging of MEMS/MOEMS, Stresa, Lago Maggiore, Italy, 25-27 April 2007. . ISBN 978-2-3550-0000-3
Online monitoring remains an important requirement for a range of microsystems. The solution based on the injection of an actuating test stimulus into the bias structure of active devices holds great potential. This paper presents an improved solution that aims to remove the measurand-induced signal from the sensor output. It involves encoding the test stimulus and using a covariance algorithm to reject the signal that does not contain the code. The trade-off between the sine wave rejection ratio of the technique and the test time response is studied and, in the case of a MEMS accelerometer, it is demonstrated that the rejection is higher than 14dB for a test time of about 0.7s. Furthermore, the accuracy of the test signal can be evaluated to guarantee the integrity of the online test output.
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