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A Multichannel FRA-Based Impedance Spectrometry Analyzer Based on a Low-Cost Multicore Microcontroller

  • sanchez-gonzalez, arturo
  • medrano, nicolas
  • calvo, belen
  • martinez, pedro a.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
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Impedance spectrometry (IS) is a characterization technique in which a voltage or current signal is applied to a sample under test to measure its electrical behavior over a determined frequency range, obtaining its complex characteristic impedance. Frequency Response Analyzer (FRA) is an IS technique based on Phase Sensitive Detection (PSD) to extract the real and imaginary response of the sample at each input signal, which presents advantages compared to FFT-based (Fast Fourier Transform) algorithms in terms of complexity and speed. Parallelization of this technique has proven pivotal in multi-sample characterization, reducing the instrumentation size and speeding up analysis processes in, e.g., biotechnological or chemical applications. This work presents a multichannel FRA-based IS system developed on a low-cost multicore microcontroller platform which both generates the required excitation signals and acquires and processes the output sensor data with a minimum number of external passive components, providing accurate impedance measurements. With a suitable configuration, the use of this multicore solution allows characterizing several impedance samples in parallel, reducing the measurement time. In addition, the proposed architecture is easily scalable.

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