A 3rd-order Continuous-Time Low-Pass Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converter for Wideband Applications
This thesis presents the design of a 20 MHz bandwidth 3rd-order continuous-time low-pass sigma-delta analog-to-digital converter with low-noise and low-power consumption using TSMC 0.18 μm CMOS technology. The bandwidth of the system is selected to be able to accommodate WiMAX and other wireless network standards. A 3rd-order filter with feed-forward architecture is selected to achieve low-power consumption as well as less complexity. The system uses 3-bit flash quantizer to provide fast data conversion. The current-steering DAC not only achieves low-power and less current sensitivity, but also it helps directly inject the feedback signal without additional circuitries. In order to avoid degradation of the overall performance, cross-coupled transistors are adopted to reduce the current glitches. The proposed system achieves a peak SNDR of 65.9 dB in 20 MHz bandwidth, and consumes 31.735 mW from a 1.8 V supply. The entire circuit is driven by a sampling rate at 500 MHz. The measured in-band IM3 of this thesis is -69 dB with 600 mVp-p two tone signal peak-to-peak voltage.
Subjectanalog to digital converter, wideband receiver, sigma delta modulation, flash quantizer, current steering DAC, 0.18 μm CMOS, continuous time low pass filter.
Kim, Kun Mo (2011). A 3rd-order Continuous-Time Low-Pass Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converter for Wideband Applications. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from