A high-speed, low-power analog-to-digital converter in fully depleted silicon-on-insulator technology
Author(s)Lundberg, Kent Howard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
James K. Roberge.
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This thesis demonstrates a one-volt, high-speed, ultra-low-power, six-bit flash analog-to-digital converter fabricated in a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator CMOS technology. Silicon-on-insulator CMOS technology provides a number of benefits for low-power low-voltage analog design. The full dielectric isolation of the silicon island, where the transistors are built,allows higher layout packing density and reduces parasitic junction capacitances. Fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (SOI) exhibits improved subthreshold slope, which allows for lower transistor threshold voltages. Significant savings in power consumption can be obtained by leveraging these advantages. However, the floating-body effect can create significant problems in analog circuits, leading to potential circuit malfunction. A single-ended auto-zeroed comparator topology is optimized to leverage the advantages of fully depleted SOI technology and avoid the floating-body effect. Using this comparator topology and other circuit techniques that operate with a one-volt supply, a six-bit 500-MS/s flash A/D converter is designed with the lowest power-consumption figure of merit in its class. Consuming only 32 mA from a one-volt supply, the quantization energy figure of merit for this design is calculated to be EQ = 2 pJ. Test chips were fabricated in MIT Lincoln Laboratory's 0.25 [mu]m fully depleted SOI CMOS process. Testing of this design demonstrates the potential of SOI technology for the production of high-speed, low-power analog-to-digital converters.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2002.Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-200).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.