Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
First Committee Member
Peter A. Stubberud
Number of Pages
Analog to digital converter (ADC) circuit component errors create nonuniform quantization code widths and create harmonic distortion in an ADC's output. In this dissertation, two techniques for estimating an ADC's output spectrum from the ADC's transfer function are determined. These methods are compared to a symmetric power function and asymmetric power function approximations. Standard ADC performance metrics, such as SDR, SNDR, SNR, and SFDR, are also determined as a function of the ADC's transfer function approximations. New dynamic element matching (DEM) flash ADCs are developed. An analysis of these DEM flash ADCs is developed and shows that these DEM algorithms improve an ADC's performance. The analysis is also used to analyze several existing DEM ADC architectures; Digital to analog converter (DAC) circuit component errors create nonuniform quantization code widths and create harmonic distortion in a DAC's output. In this dissertation, an exact relationship between a DAC's integral nonlinearity (INL) and its output spectrum is determined. Using this relationship, standard DAC performance metrics, such as SDR, SNDR, SNR, and SFDR, are calculated from the DAC's transfer function. Furthermore, an iterative method is developed which determines an arbitrary DAC's transfer function from observed output magnitude spectra. An analysis of DEM techniques for DACs, including the determination of several suitable metrics by which DEM techniques can be compared, is derived. The performance of a given DEM technique is related to standard DAC performance metrics, such as SDR, SNDR, and SFDR. Conditions under which DEM techniques can guarantee zero average INL and render the distortion due to mismatched components as white noise are developed. Several DEM circuits proposed in the literature are shown to be equivalent and have hardware efficient implementations based on multistage interconnection networks. Example DEM circuit topologies and their hardware efficient VLSI implementations are also presented.
Converters; Data; Data Converters; Dynamic; Dynamic Element Matching; Data Converters; Integral Nonlinearity; Matching; Techniques
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Bruce, Jerry Wayne, "Dynamic element matching techniques for data converters" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3093.