Tsinghua Science and Technology


pipelined analog-to-digital converter, charge domain, low power, feed-forward control


A feed-forward Common-Mode (CM) charge control circuit for a high-speed Charge-Domain (CD) pipelined Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) is presented herein. This study aims at solving the problem whereby the precision of CD pipelined ADCs is restricted by the variation in input CM charge, which can compensate for CM charge errors caused by a variation in CM charge input in real time. Based on the feed-forward CM charge control circuit, a 12-bit 250-MS/s CD pipelined ADC is designed and realized using a 1P6M 0.18-μm CMOS process. The ADC achieved a Spurious Free Dynamic Range (SFDR) of 78.1 dB and a Signal-to-Noise-and-Distortion Ratio (SNDR) of 64.6 dB for a 20.1-MHz input; a SFDR of 74.9 dB and SNDR of 62.0 dB were achieved for a 239.9-MHz input at full sampling rate. The variation in signal-to-noise ratio was less than 3 dB over a 0–1.2 V input CM voltage range. The power consumption of the prototype ADC is only 85 mW at 1.8 V supply, and it occupies an active die area of 2.24 mm2.


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