47 Synthesizable Digital Temperature Sensor

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  • Author: Harald Pretl
  • Description: Measure the on-chip temperature and display on the LED display.
  • GitHub repository
  • HDL project
  • Extra docs
  • Clock: 10000 Hz
  • External hardware:


How it works

By creatively twisting the use of a tristate-inverter (EINVP) a voltage DAC is built. This voltage-mode DAC is used in another twisted arrangement of an EINVP to bias an NMOS into subthreshold operation to discharge a pre-charged capacitor (the input capacitor of an inverter). Since the subthreshold current of a MOSFET is a strong function of temperature, the resulting delay time is also a strong function of temperature, thus a digital temperature sensor is built.

The temperature-dependent digital signal is output at the LED display, showing tens (dot off) and ones (dot on).

A calibration engine via a LUT is included, to allow to linearize and calibrate the shown temperature code.

io_in[0] is used as a CLK signal, and io_in[1] is used a RESET.

io_in[4:2] is used to load and enable the calibration engine.

io_in[7:5] is used to enable various debug modes, presenting internal state signals to the io_out.

How to test

After reset, one temperature measurement is taken per second and displayed using the LEDs. A code ranging 0…63 is displayed with tens first (dot off) and ones later (dot on).

During normal operation io_in[7:5] have to be set to 000. The different debug modes are documented in the Verilog code.

For calibration, the internal LUT can be serially loaded by using CAL_CLK (io_in[2]) and CAL_DAT (io_in[3]). Once fully loaded the calibration engine is enabled by setting CAL_ENA (io_in[4]) to 1 (setting it to 0 displays the raw sensor code).


# Input Output
0 clock segment a (or debug information)
1 reset segment b (or debug information)
2 cal_clk segment c (or debug information)
3 cal_dat segment d (or debug information)
4 cal_ena segment e (or debug information)
5 debug_mode[0] segment f (or debug information)
6 debug_mode[1] segment g (or debug information)
7 debug_mode[2] indicate ones or tens (or debug information)