A 74.33 dB SNDR 20 MSPS 2.74 mW Pipelined ADC using a Dynamic Deadzone Ring Amplifier
Ring amplifiers have emerged as a scalable amplification technique. This work is a ring amplifier built with current-starved inverters in the intermediate stage. This structure allows for the implementation of a dynamic deadzone that allows a single amplifier to perform both coarse estimation and fine settling. A pipelined ADC with a sampling speed of 20 MSPS is implemented in 0.18um CMOS. The ADC consumes 2.74 mW and achieves a peak SNDR of 74.33 dB which provides a FoM of 32.2 fJ/c-step with no calibration required.