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"My goal is to do more with less. To enable new medical, wireless and autonomous applications, by making electronics extremely tiny, green, versatile, and intelligent."

Research profile

Pieter Harpe is an associate professor with the Mixed Signal Microelectronics research group at the TU/e department of Electrical Engineering. He is working in the field of low-power mixed-signal microelectronics with a main focus on Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), but also including other analog and RF circuits.  

ADCs are used in many applications (such as audio, video, wireless communication systems, sensor interfaces, computers, and so on). Harpe is particularly interested in mobile and medical applications, where it is important to achieve very low power consumption levels (usually micro-Watts or even nano-Watts). It is far from straightforward to achieve such low power consumptions and still be able to digitize the analog signals with sufficient speed and precision.  

Pieter Harpe has contributed to more than 100 scientific publications and 7 patents. He received a VENI grant (2013) and a VIDI grant (2018) from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). He is a TPC member for ESSCIRC and AACD, and was a TPC member for ISSCC. He is a Senior IEEE member since 2015 and served as IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2016 and 2017, and as IEEE JSSC guest editor for the ESSCIRC 2017 special edition. 

Academic background

Pieter Harpe studied Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology where he received his MSc and PhD degrees in 2004 and 2010, respectively. In 2008, he started as researcher at Holst Centre/imec, The Netherlands. Since then, he has been working on ultra low-power wireless transceivers, with a main focus on ADC research and design. In April 2011, he joined Eindhoven University of Technology as an Assistant Professor on low-power mixed-signal circuits. He became an Associate Professor in July 2017. Pieter Harpe also acts as a consultant for various companies and institutes.

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Research Output 2003 2019

A 10-b 20-MS/s SAR ADC with DAC-Compensated Discrete-Time Reference Driver

Liu, M., van Roermund, A. H. M. & Harpe, P., 1 Feb 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. 54, 2, p. 417-427

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Digital to analog conversion
Capacitors
Redundancy
Capacitance

A compact 10-b SAR ADC with unit-length capacitors and a passive FIR filter

Harpe, P., 1 Mar 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. 54, 3, p. 636-645

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Passive filters
FIR filters
Digital to analog conversion
Capacitors
Anti-aliasing
1 Citation (Scopus)

A 0.0013mm2 10b 10MS/s SAR ADC with a 0.0048mm2 42dB-rejection passive FIR filter

Harpe, P., 9 May 2018, 2018 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, CICC 2018. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Anti-aliasing
Passive filters
FIR filters
Capacitors

A 0.1nW-1μW all-dynamic capacitance-to-digital converter with power/speed/capacitance scalability

Xin, H., Andraud, M., Baltus, P., Cantatore, E. & Harpe, P., 16 Oct 2018, ESSCIRC 2018 - IEEE 44th European Solid State Circuits Conference. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 118-121 4 p. 8494321

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

converters
Scalability
Capacitance
capacitance
arts

A 174 pW–488.3 nW 1 S/s–100 kS/s all-dynamic resistive temperature sensor with speed/resolution/resistance adaptability

Xin, H., Andraud, M. N., Baltus, P. G. M., Cantatore, E. & Harpe, P. J. A., 17 Apr 2018, In : IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters. 1, 3, p. 70-73 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

temperature sensors
resistors
scaling
sensors

Prizes

NWO Veni Award : Multifunctional mobile medical care

Pieter Harpe (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: NWOVeniScientific

Heart Rate
Research Personnel
Health
Brain

NWO Vidi Award : Analog Circuits to the Limit

Pieter Harpe (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: NWOVidiScientific

Analog circuits
Electronic equipment
Monitoring
Sensors
Costs

Activities 2016 2016

  • 7 Contributed talk

Ultra Low-Power Analog Front-End Design

Pieter Harpe (Speaker)
8 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Power-Efficient, High-Resolution and Reconfigurable SAR ADCs

Pieter Harpe (Speaker)
8 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Ultra Low-Power Analog Front-End Design

Pieter Harpe (Speaker)
6 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Basics of SAR ADCs: Circuits & Architectures

Pieter Harpe (Speaker)
31 Jan 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Advances in power-efficient SAR ADCs

Pieter Harpe (Speaker)
11 May 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Courses

Data converters 1: fundamentals

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Data converters 2: design

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Electronics: selected topics

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Student theses

14 bit ENOB SAR ADC in 55nm CMOS

Author: Qiu, W., 27 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Harpe, P. (Supervisor 1) & Wegberg, van, R. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

A 5bit 1GS/s 2.7mW time-interleaved asynchronous digital slope ADC

Author: Ding, M., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: van Roermund, A. (Supervisor 1), Hegt, J. (Supervisor 2) & Harpe, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A fast response time, low IQ capacitor-less LDO regulator in 40nm CMOS

Author: Damani, S., 30 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Harpe, P. (Supervisor 1), van der Velden, F. (External coach), Bonakdar, H. (External person) (External coach) & Groot, C. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

A hybrid design automation approach for a charge-redistribution SAR ADC

Author: Chen, G., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Harpe, P. (Supervisor 1), Ding, M. (External coach) & Büsze, B. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Circuit implementation of a novel rotating resistor ladder DAC

Author: Shen, Y., 28 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Harpe, P. (Supervisor 1) & van Veldhoven, R. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master