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Lucien Breems is part-time Professor of Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Conversion with the Mixed Signal Microelectronics research group at the TU/e department of Electrical Engineering. He is working on the improvement of smart convertors based on sigma-delta modulation (SDMs) by applying its new limit-cycle theory, to optimally correct loop filters and feedback DA converters, and enhance stability estimation. New incremental methods have been found, including a new decoding technique for highly accurate DC sensing with SDMs. In parallel his group researches ultra-high-speed SDM AD converters, using novel architectures that significantly relax the design requirements for meta-stability errors, for excess loop delay and for DAC jitter.  

The group derives and implements very high-speed high-resolution AD converter architectures, using a novel parallel sampling technique, exploiting information about the input signal distribution function. Furthermore the focus is on very low power AD converters with world record precision, based on oversampled successive approximation, including various techniques for noise reduction and linearity enhancement. In collaboration with Holst Centre, AD converters for implantable medical applications, and flexible-speed AD converters for multi-standard radio are implemented.

Academic background

Lucien J. Breems studied Electrical Engineering at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) where he received his MSc (cum laude) in 1996 and his PhD in 1996. From 2000 until 2006, he was with Philips Research and in 2007 he joined NXP Semiconductors. He is NXP fellow and technical director in hardware engineering of the business line Car Infotainment and Driver Assistance. Since 2011, he is a parttime professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven. 

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Research Output 2006 2019

A 3.2mW SAR-assisted CTΔΣ ADC with 77.5dB SNDR and 40MHz BW in 28nm CMOS

Cenci, P., Bolatkale, M., Rutten, R., Ganzerli, M., Lassche, G., Makinwa, K. & Breems, L., 1 Jun 2019, 2019 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, VLSI Circuits 2019 - Digest of Technical Papers. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. C230-C231 2 p. 8778176

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Energy efficiency

A full-band multi-standard global analog digital car radio SoC with a single fixed-frequency PLL

Breems, L. J., van Sinderen, J., Fric, T., Stoffels, H., Fritschij, F., Brekelmans, H., van der Ploeg, H., Moehlmann, U., Rutten, R., Bolatkale, M., Bajoria, S., Niehof, J., Oude-Essink, B. & Lassche, G., 1 Jun 2019, 2019 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium, RFIC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 315-318 4 p. 8701825

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Digital radio
Phase locked loops
Railroad cars
Bandwidth
Networks (circuits)
1 Citation (Scopus)

A 1.9 mW 250 MHz Bandwidth Continuous-Time ΣΔ Modulator for Ultra-Wideband Applications

Neofytou, M., Zhou, M., Bolatkale, M., Liu, Q., Zhang, C., Radulov, G., Baltus, P. & Breems, L., 26 Apr 2018, 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2018 - Proceedings. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 5 p. 8351046

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Ultra-wideband (UWB)
Modulators
Bandwidth
Electric power utilization
Clock distribution networks
1 Citation (Scopus)

A 2 GHz 0.98 mW 4-bit SAR-based quantizer with ELD compensation in an UWB CT ΣΔ modulator

Zhou, M., Neofytou, M., Bolatkale, M., Liu, Q., Zhang, C., Cenci, P., Radulov, G., Baltus, P. & Breems, L., 26 Apr 2018, 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2018 - Proceedings. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 5 p. 8350889

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Ultra-wideband (UWB)
Modulators
Transistors
Electric power utilization
Capacitors
3 Citations (Scopus)

A 28 nm 2 GS/s 5-b Single-channel SAR ADC with gm-boosted StrongARM Comparator

Cenci, P., Bolatkale, M., Rutten, R., Lassche, G., Makinwa, K. & Breems, L., 2 Nov 2017, ESSCIRC 2017 - 43rd IEEE European Solid State Circuits Conference. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 171-174 4 p. 8094553

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

sampling
Sampling
clocks
Clocks
CMOS

Courses

Data converters 2: design

1/09/15 → …

Course

Press / Media

Introducing the 2019 Class of IEEE Fellows

Maarten Steinbuch & Lucien Breems

13/03/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment