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This paper presents a CMOS 0.8-/spl mu/m switched-current (SI) fourth-order bandpass /spl Sigma//spl Delta/ modulator (BP-/spl Sigma//spl Delta/M) IC capable of handling signals up to 1.63 MHz with 105-bit resolution and 60-mW power consumption from a 5-V supply voltage. This modulator Is intended for direct A/D conversion of narrow-band signals within the commercial AM band, from 530 kHz to 1.6 MHz. Its architecture is obtained by applying a low-pass-to-bandpass transformation (z/sup -1//spl rarr/-z/sup -2/) to a 1-bit second-order low-pass /spl Sigma//spl Delta/ modulator (LP-/spl Sigma//spl Delta/M). The design of basic building blocks is based upon a detailed analysis of the influence of SI errors on the modulator performance, followed by design optimization. Memory-cell errors have been identified as the dominant ones. In order to attenuate these errors, fully differential regulated-folded cascode memory cells are employed. Measurements show a best SNR peak of 65 dB for signals of 10-kHz bandwidth and an intermediate frequency (IF) of 1.63 MHz. A correct noise-shaping filtering is achieved with a sampling frequency of up to 16 MHz.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2000