A Digital-to-Time Converter for Time-Mode Successive-Approximation Register Analog-to-Digital Converters
thesisposted on 23.05.2021, 10:31 authored by Daniel Junehee Lee
file:///C:/Users/MWF/Downloads/Lee, Daniel Junehee.The 8-bit digital-to-time converter (DTC) to be used for a time-mode successive-approximation register analog-to-digital converter (SAR ADC) with a minimum power consumption and silicon area is presented. The architecture and the drawbacks of a conventional voltage-mode SAR ADC are discussed. The principle of time-mode circuits and benefits of their applications to mixed-signal circuits are explained. The architecture of a time-mode SAR ADC is presented. The need for an area and power-efficient DTC to be used for a time-mode SAR ADC is discussed. The principle of a DTC is explained and prior works on a DTC are reviewed. The principle of a phase interpolator (PI), to be used for a DTC, is explained and prior works on digital PIs are reviewed. The design of the proposed DTC is presented. Each block of the proposed DTC is explained using schematic and layout views. Optimal slope of the input of the PI and the condition for linear phase interpolation are investigated. Simulation results of the proposed DTC designed in TSMC 65 nm 1.0 V CMOS technology are provided. According to simulation results with BSIM4.4 device models only, the time resolution of 0.33 ps, a maximum operation frequency of 2.53 G Hz, the power consumption of 1.38 mW, and peak differential nonlinearity (DNL) and integral nonlinearity (INL) less than 0.14 least significant bit (LSB) and 0.49 LSB, respectively, for a nominal process (TT) and a temperature condition (27 C°) are achieved.