An energy efficient time-domain temperature sensor for low-power on-chip thermal management

Young Jae An, Kyungho Ryu, Dong Hoon Jung, Seung Han Woo, Seong Ook Jung

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Because temperature variations significantly affect the performance and reliability of highly integrated chips, the thermal management of such chips is an important issue. In this paper, a time-domain process variation calibrated temperature sensor is proposed for on-chip thermal management. For a suitable on-chip implementation, the digitally converted temperature-dependent time signal is used to reduce the area and power consumption of the chip. The proposed temperature sensor is fabricated using a 0.13-μm CMOS technology and has an active area of 0.031mm2. Measurement results show an energy consumption of 0.67 nJ/conversion at a 430 kHz conversion rate, with 1.2 V supply voltage. Using one-point calibration, the sensing error is found to range from -0.63°C to 1.04°C over a temperature range of 20°C to 120°C.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6589949
Pages (from-to)104-110
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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