In this article, we present a high delay resolution and all-digital transmit-beamforming circuit for use in high-frequency and wearable ultrasound imaging systems. The proposed transmit beamformer comprises an all-digital delay-locked loop (ADDLL), a cycle-based beamforming delay line (CBDL), and a pulse controller. ADDLL can provide specific digital control code for the CBDL to generate stable and suitable delays to excite array transducer elements without variations in process, voltage, and temperature. CBDL not only provides a finer delay resolution for high-frequency ultrasound imaging systems but also requires a few delay cells to maintain the duty cycle of long prorogation signals, thereby significantly reducing hardware costs. The pulse controller can adjust the number and width of output pulses to meet the requirements of different ultrasonic transducers and Doppler ultrasound color imaging. The proposed transmit beamformer uses a 0.18- μm CMOS technology for a 30-MHz high-frequency linear array with 256 elements, and the focusing depth is from 3.5 to 8.1 mm. The measurement results indicate that the proposed transmit-beamforming design can achieve a maximum time delay of 562.6 ns with an average time resolution of 535 ps. The proposed design offers a smaller volume and finer delay resolution, and it is highly suitable for wearable ultrasound imaging systems.
|Number of pages
|IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems
|Published - 2020 Feb
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Hardware and Architecture
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering