Date of Award
Master of Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
This thesis work presents a novel technique to reduce the number of conversion cycles for Successive Approximation register (SAR) Analog to Digital Converters (ADC), thereby potentially improving the conversion speed as well as reducing its power consumption. Conventional SAR ADCs employ the binary search algorithm and they update only one bound, either the upper or lower bound, of the search space during one conversion cycle. The proposed method, referred to as the Accelerated-SAR or A-SAR, is capable of updating both the lower and upper bounds in a single conversion cycle. Even in cases that it can update only one bound, it does more aggressively. The proposed technique is implemented in a 10-bit SAR ADC circuit with 0.5V power supply and rail-to-rail input range. To cope with the ultra-low voltage design challenge, Time-to-Digital conversion techniques are used in the implementation. Important design issues are also discussed for the charge scaling array and Voltage Controlled Delay Lines (VCDL), which are important building blocks in the ADC implementation.
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