DropBot DB3 120 chips

Ryan Fobel edited this page Apr 18, 2018 · 6 revisions

Digital Microfluidic chips for DropBot DB3-120

Sci-Bots sells general-purpose, 90-electrode chips for use with the DropBot DB3-120 system (contact sales@sci-bots.com for a quote). Our chips are made with the following specifications:

Bottom plate:

  • 0.9 mm Soda Lime glass
  • High Reflective Chrome electrodes
  • Vapour-deposited Parylene-C dielectric coating (6 μm)
  • Spin-coated Fluoropel hydrophobic coating

Top plate:

  • 0.7 mm ITO-coated glass (8-12 ohms/sq)
  • Spin-coated Fluoropel 1101V hydrophobic coating

There is a 180 um gap height between top and bottom plates

Sci-Bots 90-pin array v3

Custom chips

Some users may also be interested in designing custom chips.

Chip design requirements

The main requirements for chips compatible with the DropBot DB3-120 are:

  • Bottom plate MUST be 76.2 mm wide

  • Pogo pin pads MUST match the example mask relative to the front/top edge of the chip (see pin mapping for corresponding channel numbers in the MicroDrop software)

  • Bottom plate MUST be ~1+/-0.2 mm thickness under the pogo pins (top plate may be thicker)

  • Output enable (i.e., OE) pad MUST be connected to Ground (i.e., GND) pad in at least one corner of the chip (see below). It is RECOMMENDED to connect OE to GND in all four corners.

    Connect OE to GND

Note: The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.

Reference chip design

Here is an example mask (click on image to download in AutoCAD dwg format):

Example DMF chip mask

Here is the corresponding mapping of DropBot channels to electrodes on the reference mask:

Reference mask channel mapping


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