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A +5dBFS third-order extended dynamic range single-loop ΔΣ modulator

TitleA +5dBFS third-order extended dynamic range single-loop ΔΣ modulator
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMaghari, N., S. T. Weaver, and U. Moon
Conference NameIEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference -CICC 2010
Pagination1 - 4
Date Published09/2010
Conference LocationSan Jose, CA
ISBN Number978-1-4244-5758-8

A new single-loop delta-sigma modulator with extended dynamic range is proposed. It employs an auxiliary multi-bit quantizer which processes the quantization error of the main quantizer. This addition guarantees improved stability over a wider input signal range. The cancelation of the quantization noise of the main quantizer is done via in-loop digital summation and is immune to opamp DC gain. As a proof of concept, a 3rd order modulator is designed in a 0.18μm CMOS process. This implementation incorporates a 3-level main quantizer, a 9-level auxiliary quantizer and 30dB open-loop opamp gain. Measurement results show that at 1.2V power supply and reference, the input signal can go over +5dBFS without any stability issues, achieving 75dB SNDR and 77.2dB dynamic range at OSR of 16. The clock frequency is 40MHz and the power dissipation is 4.9mW.