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A 0.25-mW low-pass passive sigma-delta modulator with built-in mixer for a 10-MHz IF input

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2 Author(s)
Feng Chen ; Circuit Technol. Lab., Texas Instrum. Inc., Dallas, TX, USA ; Bosco Leung

The design of a passive sigma-delta modulator without using operational amplifiers is presented. Issues of its application to IF digitization with subsampling scheme are discussed. In addition, a switch-only gain-boost network is proposed to achieve a dc voltage gain in a passive way. The prototype chip of a second-order passive sigma-delta modulator was fabricated in a 1.2-μm CMOS process. Testing results showed that with a 10-MHz IF input (bandwidth of 20 kHz), the modulator achieved a 13-b resolution at 0.25 mW with a 3.3 V power supply. Good performance was also measured with a baseband input

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 6 )