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A Single-Channel, 1.25-GS/s, 6-bit, 6.08-mW Asynchronous Successive-Approximation ADC With Improved Feedback Delay in 40-nm CMOS

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6 Author(s)
Tao Jiang ; Sch. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR, USA ; Wing Liu ; Zhong, F.Y. ; Zhong, C.
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A single-channel, asynchronous successive-approximation (SA) ADC with improved feedback delay is fabricated in 40 nm CMOS. Compared with a conventional SAR structure that employs a single quantizer controlled by a digital feedback logic loop, the proposed SAR-ADC employs multiple quantizers for each conversion bit, clocked by an asynchronous ripple clock that is generated after each quantization. Hence, the sampling rate of the 6-bit ADC is limited only by the six delays of the Capacitive-DAC settling and each comparator's quantization delay, as the digital logic delay is eliminated. Measurement results of the 40 nm-CMOS SAR-ADC achieves a peak SNDR of 32.9 dB and 30.5 dB, at 1 GS/s and 1.25 GS/s, consuming 5.28 mW and 6.08 mW, leading to a FoM of 148 fJ/conv-step and 178 fJ/conv-step, respectively, in a core area less than 170 um by 85 um.

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 10 )