A 65-dB-SNDR Pipelined SAR ADC Using PVT-Robust Capacitively Degenerated Dynamic Amplifier

Hyunchul Yoon, Changuk Lee, Taewoong Kim, Yigi Kwon, Youngcheol Chae

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This article presents a process, voltage, and temperature (PVT)-robust capacitively degenerated dynamic amplifier as the residue amplifier of the low-power pipelined successive-approximation-register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The proposed dynamic amplifier achieves a voltage gain of 16 with a two-stage configuration and high linearity over a wide temperature range with an on-chip timing generator. This work solves problems related to the low voltage gain and high temperature-sensitivity of the capacitively degenerated dynamic amplifier, while retaining the advantages of high linearity, wide output swing, and high energy efficiency. The prototype ADC is implemented in a 65-nm CMOS process and achieves 65-dB signal-to-noise-and-distortion ratio (SNDR) and 79.8-dB spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) at a sampling rate of 50 MS/s, while consuming only 0.46 mW. The power overhead of the timing generator is only 10% of the overall power consumption. It shows only 0.7-dB and 1.86-dB SNDR variations at 0.8-1.0-V supply variation and 0 °C-100 °C temperature variation, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-971
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Apr 1

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