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Multi-row linear cMUT array using cMUTs and multiplexing electronics

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10 Author(s)
Robert Wodnicki ; GE Global Research, 1 Research Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309, USA ; Charles G. Woychik ; Albert T. Byun ; Rayette Fisher
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A large area reconfigurable imaging array for research purposes is being developed with co-integrated cMUTs and control electronics. The goal is a 2.5cm 2D tileable module with >16,000 transducer sub-elements spaced at a pitch of 185um in X and Y dimensions. As a prototype demonstration of some of the goals of this effort, a multi-row linear array using cMUTs and external multiplexing electronics was designed and fabricated. In this paper the challenges of trenched cMUT attach to a laminate interposer as part of a tileable module will be discussed. The architecture of the tileable module build-up for manufacturability, reliability, acoustic planarity, and reduced spacing between tiles and cMUT chips will also be addressed. Finally, a first prototype will be shown and experimental acoustic results with the new cMUT-based probe will be presented.

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2009 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium

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20-23 Sept. 2009