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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."

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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

9.3 A680 μw burst-chirp UWB radar transceiver for vital signs and occupancy sensing up to 15m distance

Liu, Y. H., Sheelavant, S., Mercuri, M., Mateman, P., Dijkhuis, J., Zomagboguelou, W., Breeschoten, A., Traferro, S., Zhan, Y., Torf, T., Bachmann, C., Harpe, P. & Babaie, M., 6 Mar 2019, 2019 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 166-168 3 p. 8662536

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

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

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

    Harpe, P. J. A., 1 Apr 2019, 2019 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, CICC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 4 p. 8780319

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

  • 6 Downloads (Pure)

    A 0.1-nW-1-μ W energy-efficient all-dynamic versatile capacitance-to-digital converter

    Xin, H., Andraud, M., Baltus, P., Cantatore, E. & Harpe, P., 1 Jul 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. 54, 7, p. 1841-1851 11 p., 8672469.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    A 0.34-571nW all-dynamic versatile sensor interface for temperature, capacitance, and resistance sensing

    Xin, H., Andraud, M., Baltus, P. G. M., Cantatore, E. & Harpe, P. J. A., Sep 2019, ESSCIRC 2019 - IEEE 45th European Solid State Circuits Conference. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 161-164 4 p. 8902918

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

  • 2 Downloads (Pure)

    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 11 p., 8501556.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    NWO Veni Award : Multifunctional mobile medical care

    P.J.A. Harpe (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: NWOVeniScientific

  • NWO Vidi Award : Analog Circuits to the Limit

    Pieter Harpe (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: NWOVidiScientific

  • Activities

    • 7 Contributed talk

    SAR ADCs for IoT: Basics and Innovations

    Pieter Harpe (Speaker)
    28 Nov 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)
    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 Low-Power SAR ADCs

    Pieter Harpe (Speaker)
    5 Sep 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Courses

    Data converters 1: fundamentals

    1/09/14 → …

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    Data converters 2: design

    1/09/15 → …

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    Electronic circuits 2

    1/09/13 → …

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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