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Low-noise MEMS microphones
11 October 2017, Analogue, Mixed Signal, LSI

Infineon Technologies is entering the packaged silicon microphone market, specifically with an eye towards high performance, low noise MEMS (micro electromechanical systems) microphones.

The analog and digital microphones are based on Infineon’s dual backplate MEMS technology and distinguish themselves with a 70 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This is combined with an exceptionally low distortion level of 10% at a 135 dB sound pressure level (SPL). In a 4 x 3 x 1,2 mm MEMS package, the microphones are very well suited for high-quality acoustic recordings and far field voice capturing applications.

Current MEMS microphone technology uses a sound wave actuated membrane and a static backplate. Infineon’s dual backplate MEMS technology uses a membrane embedded within two backplates thus generating a truly differential signal. This allows improved high-frequency immunity for better audio signal processing and increases the acoustic overload point of 10% total harmonic distortion (THD) to 135 dB SPL.

“The SNR of 70 dB is an improvement of 6 dB compared to a conventional MEMS microphone,” according to Dirk Venter, field application engineer at Arrow Altech Distribution. “This improvement is equivalent to doubling the distance from which a user can give a voice command that is captured by the microphone.” Additionally, the microphones have excellent microphone-to-microphone matching (±1 dB sensitivity matching and ± 2° phase matching) which is ideal for implementing in arrays. For this reason, they are well suited for ultra-precise beam forming and noise cancelling.

For more information contact Dirk Venter, Arrow Altech Distribution, +27 (0)11 923 9666, dventer@arrow.altech.co.za, www.arrow.altech.co.za


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