A 10b 20MS/s SAR ADC with a low-power and area-efficient DAC-compensated reference

M. Liu, A.H.M. van Roermund, P.J.A. Harpe

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Reference drivers for charge-redistribution SAR ADCs require significant area and/or power. In this work, a low-power and area-efficient passive reference-voltage driving scheme for charge-redistribution SAR ADCs is proposed. An on-chip decoupling capacitor is pre-charged to a reference voltage during tracking phase and utilized to drive the DAC passively during conversion. The reference-voltage drops during the conversion due to passive charge sharing, causing non-binary DAC switching steps. This is corrected by calculating the charge consumption of critical switching steps and compensating this with a compensation DAC. This scheme with 3b compensation is utilized in a 10b 20MS/s SAR ADC fabricated in 65nm CMOS. With a near-Nyquist input tone, the compensation improves the SNDR by 2.7dB and the SFDR by 11.6dB compared to the uncompensated ADC, achieving 55.4dB SNDR and 68.2dB SFDR. The FoM is 15.7fJ/conv.-step including the reference-voltage driver. Moreover, thanks to the compensation, the decoupling capacitor can be reduced to save chip area.
Originele taal-2Engels
Titel43rd IEEE European Solid State Circuits Conference , ESSCIRC 2017, 11-14 September 2017, Leuven, Belgium
Plaats van productiePiscataway
UitgeverijInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Aantal pagina's4
ISBN van elektronische versie978-1-5090-5025-3
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-5090-5026-0
StatusGepubliceerd - 2 nov. 2017
Evenement43rd European Solid State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC 2017) - Leuven, België
Duur: 11 sep. 201714 sep. 2017
Congresnummer: 43


Congres43rd European Solid State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC 2017)
Verkorte titelESSCIRC 2017
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