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Andoni Beriain Rodríguez

Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica y Electrónica
Escuela de Ingenieros (TECNUN). Universidad de Navarra
Líneas de investigación
RFID, integrated circuit design, low-power electronics, low-voltage electronics, wireless sensors
Índice H
4, (Scopus, 05/06/2019)
6, (Google Scholar, 05/06/2019)

Publicaciones científicas más recientes (desde 2010)

Autores: Gurutzeaga, Iñaki; Beriain, Andoni; et al.
ISSN 1531-1309  Vol. 29  Nº 5  2019  págs. 351 - 353
This letter presents the design of a compact, wideband, and high-efficiency E-band power amplifier, integrated in a 0.13-mu m BiCMOS process and occupying 0.3 mm(2). It consists of a single-stage balanced amplifier, with HBT transistors in cascode configuration. The power amplifier (PA) is biased in class AB, with a dc consumption of 156 mW. A compact bias circuit is employed to achieve temperature robustness, while the layout is optimized for wideband and highly efficient operation. Measurements show a peak power gain of 15.3 dB at 83 GHz, with a 29.3% fractional bandwidth and less than 1-dB degradation over a 25 degrees C-85 degrees C temperature range. The peak output power at saturation and 1-dB compression is 18.6 and 13.6 dBm, respectively, and the maximum power-added efficiency (PAE) is 30.7%.
Autores: Jauregi, I.; Solar, Héctor; Beriain, Andoni; et al.
ISSN 1530-437X  Vol. 17  Nº 5  2017  págs. 1471 - 1478
The number of wireless medical wearables has increased in recent years and is revolutionizing the current healthcare system. However, the state-of-the-art systems still need to be improved, as they are bulky, battery powered, and so require maintenance. On the contrary, battery-free wearables have unlimited lifetimes, are smaller, and are cheaper. This paper describes a design of a battery free wearable system that measures the skin temperature of the human body while at the same time collects energy from body heat. The system is composed of an UHF RFID temperature sensor tag located on the arm of the patient. It is assisted with extra power supply from a power harvesting module that stores the thermal energy dissipated from the neck of the patient. This paper presents the experimental results of the stored thermal energy, and characterizes the module in different conditions, e.g., still, walking indoors, and walking outdoors. Finally, the tag is tested in a fully passive condition and when it is power assisted. Our experimental results show that the communication range of the RFID sensor is improved by 100% when measurements are done every 750 ms and by 75% when measurements are done every 1000 ms when the sensor is assisted with the power harvesting module.
Autores: Beriain, Andoni, (Autor de correspondencia); Sevillano, Juan Francisco; et al.
ISSN 0925-1030  Vol. 91  Nº 3  2017  págs. 433 - 444
This work presents a nonius time to digital converter (TDC) adapted to a passive RF identification (RFID) pressure sensor tag. The proposed converter exploits the characteristics of time-based sensor interfaces and allows reducing voltage supply and power consumption while maintaining resolution and conversion efficiency. The nonius TDC has been designed and fabricated using the TSMC 90 nm standard CMOS technology. The main blocks of the converter are described and both the resolution adjustment and measurement processes are explained in detail. Measurement results show 10.49 bits of effective resolution for an input time range from 28.19 to 42.93 mu s. With a sampling rate of 19 KS/s the converter has a conversion efficiency of 0.395 pJ/bit with a voltage supply of only 0.6 V. This characteristics in the proposed nonius TDC enables an increased reading range of the passive RFID pressure sensor tag.
Autores: Gurutzeaga, Iñaki; Solar, Héctor; et al.
ISSN 0167-9260  Vol. 52  2016  págs. 208 - 216
This paper describes a method to design mmW PAs, by modeling the electromagnetic behavior of all the passive structures and the layout interconnections using a 3D-EM solver. It allows the optimization of the quality factor of capacitors (Q-factors > 20 can be obtained at 80 GHz), the access points and arrangement of the power transistor cells. The method is applied to the design and optimization of an E-Band PA implemented in a 55 nm SiGe BiCMOS technology. The PA presents a maximum power gain of 21.7 dB at 74 GHz, with a 3-dB bandwidth covering from 72.6 to 75.6 GHz. The maximum output P1dB is 13.8 dBm at 75 GHz and the peak PAE is 14.1%. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Autores: Beriain, Andoni, (Autor de correspondencia); Gutiérrez, Íñigo; Solar, Héctor; et al.
Revista: SENSORS
ISSN 1424-8220  Vol. 15  Nº 9  2015  págs. 21554 - 21566
This paper presents an ultra low-power and low-voltage pulse-width modulation based ratiometric capacitive sensor interface. The interface was designed and fabricated in a standard 90 nm CMOS 1P9M technology. The measurements show an effective resolution of 10 bits using 0.5 V of supply voltage. The active occupied area is only 0.0045 mm(2) and the Figure of Merit (FOM), which takes into account the energy required per conversion bit, is 0.43 pJ/bit. Furthermore, the results show low sensitivity to PVT variations due to the proposed ratiometric architecture. In addition, the sensor interface was connected to a commercial pressure transducer and the measurements of the resulting complete pressure sensor show a FOM of 0.226 pJ/bit with an effective linear resolution of 7.64 bits. The results validate the use of the proposed interface as part of a pressure sensor, and its low-power and low-voltage characteristics make it suitable for wireless sensor networks and low power consumer electronics.
Autores: Beriain, Andoni; Solar, Héctor; et al.
ISSN 0026-2692  Vol. 43  Nº 10  2012  págs. 708 - 713
This paper presents a low power voltage limiter design for avoiding possible damages in the analog front-end of a RFID sensor due to voltage surges whenever readers and tags are close. The proposed voltage limiter design takes advantage of the implemented bandgap reference and voltage regulator blocks in order to provide low deviation of the limiting voltage due to temperature variation and process dispersion. The measured limiting voltage is 2.9 V with a voltage deviation of only +/- 0.065 V for the 12 measured dies. The measured current consumption is only 150 nA when the reader and the tag are far away, not limiting the sensitivity of the tag due to an undesired consumption in the voltage limiter. The circuit is implemented on a low cost 2P4M 0.35 mu m CMOS technology. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Autores: Cranny, A.; Beriain, Andoni; Solar, Héctor; et al.
Libro:  Systems Design for Remote Healthcare
2014  págs. 55 - 92
The four physiological measures of body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure have for a long time been considered as vital signs in the diagnosis of a patient¿s health. It is also widely accepted that the routine measurement of other physiological or biological signals, possibly pathology specific, would help considerably in diagnosis and early stage treatment. Such measurements might include, for example, heart activity, brain activity, blood glucose level or mobility. Furthermore, the development of portable systems that can make a number of different health related measurements would prove beneficial in the monitoring of patients during treatment, recovery or rehabilitation. Technologies and instruments that can make these measurements have existed for some time, but factors such as their cost, lack of portability and in some instances, a requirement for expert knowledge, have restricted their wide scale use. Today, however, advances in information technology, communications and microfabrication techniques have made possible the realisation of truly portable systems for the measurement of a wide range of physiological signs at any medical intervention. This chapter describes the sensing technologies and systems currently being developed, or that are in use, for the measurement of a new, larger range of vital signs