Delay-line-based analog-to-digital converters

Guansheng Li, Yahya M. Tousi, Arjang Hassibi, Ehsan Afshari

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We will introduce a design of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) based on digital delay lines. Instead of voltage comparators, they convert the input voltage into a digital code by delay lines and are mainly built on digital blocks. This makes it compatible with process scaling. Two structures are proposed, and tradeoffs in the design are discussed. The effects of jitter and mismatch are also studied. We will present two 4-bit, 1-GS/s prototypes in 0.13-μ and 65-nm CMOS processes, which show a small area (0.015 mm2) and small power consumption (< 2.4 mW).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-468
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received October 27, 2008; revised February 7, 2009. Current version published June 17, 2009. The work of E. Afshari was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under the Young Faculty Award Program. This paper was recommended by Associate Editor K.-P. Pun.


  • Analog-to-digital converter (ADC)
  • Delay line
  • Scaling


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