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Area efficient System-on-Programmable-Chip design for a wireless touch-triggered machining probe

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  • K Mimis
  • T Kocak
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Jun 2011


In this paper, we present the design and implementation details of a System-on-Programmable-Chip (SoPC), which replaces the circuitry that controls the operation of a touch triggered machining probe with radio transmission capability. The probe is used to get precise measurements of three dimensional geometric parts. The goal is to achieve size reduction of an existing circuitry inside the probe, that consists of two microcontrollers and a reconfigurable hardware device such as a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), that implements some custom functions. In order to reduce the printed circuit board (PCB) area occupied by these three chips and the associated routing area, we combine them on a single SoPC. An overall 6 fold reduction in PCB area occupied, corresponding to nearly 15cm2 is achieved.

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Additional information: With accompanying conference presentation Terms of use: Copyright © 2011 IEEE. Reprinted with permission, from K Mimis, T Kocak; 'Area efficient System-on-Programmable-Chip Design for a Wireless Touch-Triggered Machining Probe'; IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA 2011); and month/2011. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the University of Bristol's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it. Name of Conference: 6th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications

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