The optimal design of SAR ADCs requires the accurate estimate of nonlinearity and parasitic effects in the feedback charge-redistribution DAC. Since the effects of both mismatch and stray capacitances depend on the specific array topology, complex calculations, custom modeling and heavy simulations in common circuit design environments are often required. This paper presents a novel MATLAB-based numerical tool to assist the design of classic, split and with attenuation capacitor binary weighted capacitive array topologies with an even number of bits from 6 to 14. The tool allows to perform both parametric and statistical simulations taking into account capacitive mismatch and parasitic capacitances in order to compute both differential- (DNL) and integral nonlinearity (INL). SNDR and ENoB degradation due to static non-linear effects is also estimated. An excellent agreement with the results obtained by the available circuit simulators (e.g. Cadence Spectre) is shown but featuring up to 10^4 shorter simulation time.

A Simulation and Modeling Environment for the Analysis and Design of Charge Redistribution DACs used in SAR ADCs

BRENNA, STEFANO;BONFANTI, ANDREA GIOVANNI;LACAITA, ANDREA LEONARDO
2014-01-01

Abstract

The optimal design of SAR ADCs requires the accurate estimate of nonlinearity and parasitic effects in the feedback charge-redistribution DAC. Since the effects of both mismatch and stray capacitances depend on the specific array topology, complex calculations, custom modeling and heavy simulations in common circuit design environments are often required. This paper presents a novel MATLAB-based numerical tool to assist the design of classic, split and with attenuation capacitor binary weighted capacitive array topologies with an even number of bits from 6 to 14. The tool allows to perform both parametric and statistical simulations taking into account capacitive mismatch and parasitic capacitances in order to compute both differential- (DNL) and integral nonlinearity (INL). SNDR and ENoB degradation due to static non-linear effects is also estimated. An excellent agreement with the results obtained by the available circuit simulators (e.g. Cadence Spectre) is shown but featuring up to 10^4 shorter simulation time.
2014
MIPRO, 2014 Proceedings of the 37th International Convention
ADC; analog to diital conversion; Numerical simulation; charge redistribution successive approximation registers
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