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An Integrated Open-Cavity System for Magnetic Bead Manipulation

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2 Author(s)
Faisal T. Abu-Nimeh ; Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States ; Fathi M. Salem

Superparamagnetic beads are increasingly used in biomedical assays to manipulate, transport, and maneuver biomaterials. We present a low-cost integrated system designed in bulk CMOS to manipulate and separate biomedical magnetic beads. The system consists of 8 × 8 coil-arrays suitable for single bead manipulation, or collaborative multi-bead manipulation, using pseudo-parallel executions. We demonstrate the flexibility of the design in terms of different coil sizes, DC current levels, and layout techniques. In one array module example, the size of a single coil is 30 μm × 30 μm and the full array occupies an area of 248 μm × 248 μm in 0.5 μm CMOS technology. The programmable DC current source supports 8 discrete levels up to 1.5 mA. The total power consumption of the entire module is 9 mW when running at full power.

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IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 1 )