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This paper presents an energy efficient successive-approximation-register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for biomedical applications. To reduce energy consumption, a bypass window technique is used to select switching sequences to skip several conversion steps when the signal is within a predefined small window. The power consumptions of the capacitive digital-to-analog converter (DAC), latch comparator, and digital control circuit of the proposed ADC are lower than those of a conventional SAR ADC. The proposed bypass window tolerates the DAC settling error and comparator voltage offset in the first four phases and suppresses the peak DNL and INL values. A proof-of-concept prototype was fabricated in 0.18-μm 1P6M CMOS technology. At a 0.6-V supply voltage and a 200-kS/s sampling rate, the ADC achieves a signal-to-noise and distortion ratio of 57.97 dB and consumes 1.04 μW, resulting in a figure of merit of 8.03 fJ/conversion-step. The ADC core occupies an active area of only 0.082 mm2.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2012