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Digital Solutions for Analog Shortcomings in Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters Public Deposited

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  • Portable, high power efficiency communication devices is a growing market in the semiconductor industry. Analog-to-digital converters (ADC) are key interface that are used to digitize the sensed information. Recently, digital techniques have been proposed to improve analog building block power efficiency in sub-micron technologies. This research focuses on mixed signal approaches to improve the power efficiency of the noise shaping ADCs and mitigate analog inaccuracies such as non-linearity and mismatch. First, a novel continuous-time filtering delta-sigma ADC is proposed to save power and area. Digital techniques have been proposed to make the architecture more robust to out-of-band unwanted signals. A prototype was fabricated in a 65 nm CMOS technology achieving an SNDR of 72.4 dB operating at 250 MHz sampling frequency over 7 MHz bandwidth, with a power consumption of 16.3 mW. Next, A novel digital circuitry is proposed to improve the tolerance of a discrete-time delta sigma ADC to mismatch and enhance the resolution of an ADC in the presence of mismatch. A custom IC was fabricated in a 65 nm CMOS technology consuming 40.4 μA from a 1 V supply. It achieves 76.18 dB SNDR operating at 1.2 MHz sampling frequency and 25 kHz signal bandwidth.
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