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Ring Amplifiers for Switched Capacitor Circuits

TitleRing Amplifiers for Switched Capacitor Circuits
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHershberg, B., S. Weaver, K. Sobue, S. Takeuchi, K. Hamashita, and U. Moon
JournalIEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Pagination2928 - 2942
Date Published12/2012

In this paper the fundamental concept of ring amplification is introduced and explored. Ring amplifiers enable efficient amplification in scaled environments, and possess the benefits of efficient slew-based charging, rapid stabilization, compression-immunity (inherent rail-to-rail output swing), and performance that scales with process technology. A basic operational theory is established, and the core benefits of this technique are identified. Measured results from two separate ring amplifier based pipelined ADCs are presented. The first prototype IC, a simple 10.5-bit, 61.5 dB SNDR pipelined ADC which uses only ring amplifiers, is used to demonstrate the core benefits. The second fabricated IC presented is a high-resolution pipelined ADC which employs the technique of Split-CLS to perform efficient, accurate amplification aided by ring amplifiers. The 15-bit ADC is implemented in a 0.18 μm CMOS technology and achieves 76.8 dB SNDR and 95.4 dB SFDR at 20 Msps while consuming 5.1 mW, achieving a FoM of 45 fJ/conversion-step.

Short TitleIEEE J. Solid-State Circuits