MEMS Microphone

Demonstration circuit for MEMS microphone with analog input.
This project introduces students to the operation, interface theory, and features of a MEMS microphone and basic audio theory. Students complete an activity to build an interface circuit, use LabVIEW and myRIO to acquire and display an audio signal, and amplify the microphone signal with an op amp. Through these activities, students follow steps to demonstrate correct operation of the MEMS microphone, watch videos involving theory, and participate in a short activity after each video.
by Dr. Ed Doering | Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


This is lab 33 of 39 in the course, NI myRIO Project Essentials Guide.


  • PDF Project Manual
  • LabVIEW Code
  • Video Tutorials (linked within Project Manual)


  • Basic LabVIEW familiarity
  • Basic circuit building

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myRIO Embedded Systems Accessory Kit

Includes sensors, devices, and a display for teaching and implementing embedded systems concepts.


LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.

Required Software

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  • myRIO Software Bundle (2013 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit

Required Hardware

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  • myRIO (enclosed) - View Specifications
  • myRIO Embedded Kit
    • Kit components included in this module:
      • Ultra-low-noise microphone
      • Low-noise precisions high-speed op-amp
      • Rail-to-rail singe-supply op amp
      • 0.1 μF capacitor
      • 1.0 μF capacitor
      • 10 KΩ resistor (3x)
      • 100 KΩ resistor 
      • Breadboard
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio cable (included with myRIO)
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