Shi, Chen, Tiago Costa, Jeffrey Elloian, Yihan Zhang, and Kenneth Shepard. “A 0.065-mm3 Monolithically-integrated Ultrasonic Wireless Sensing Mote for Real-time Physiological Temperature Monitoring.” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (2020).
Accurate monitoring of physiological temperature is important for many biomedical applications, including monitoring of core body temperature, detecting tissue pathologies, and evaluating surgical procedures involving thermal treatment such as hyperthermia therapy and tissue ablation. Many of these applications can benefit from replacing external temperature probes with injectable wireless devices. Here we present such a device for real-time in vivo temperature monitoring that relies on “chip-as-system” integration. With an on-chip piezoelectric transducer and measuring only 380 μm ×× 300 μm × 570 μm, the 0.065-mm3 monolithic device, in the form of a mote, harvests ultrasound energy for power and transmits temperature data through acoustic backscattering. Containing a low-power temperature sensor implemented with a subthreshold oscillator and consuming 0.813 nW at 37 °C, the mote achieves line sensitivity of 0.088 °C/V, temperature error of +0.22/-0.28 °C, and a resolution of 0.0078 °C rms. A long-term measurement with the mote reveals an Allan deviation floor of <138.6 ppm, indicating the feasibility of using the mote for continuous physiological temperature monitoring. [/av_toggle] [/av_toggle_container]