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A Two-Dimension Time-Domain Comparator for Low Power SAR ADCs

Liangbo Xie1, *, Sheng Li1, Yan Ren1, Zhengwen Huang2

1 School of Communications and Information Engineering, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing, 400065, China.
2 Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK.

* Corresponding Author: Liangbo Xie. Email: email.

Computers, Materials & Continua 2020, 65(2), 1519-1529.


This paper presents a two-dimension time-domain comparator suitable for low power successive-approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). The proposed two-dimension time-domain comparator consists of a ring oscillator collapsebased comparator and a counter. The propagation delay of a voltage controlled ring oscillator depends on the input. Thus, the comparator can automatically change the comparison time according to its input difference, which can adjust the power consumption of the comparator dynamically without any control logic. And a counter is utilized to count the cycle needed to finish a comparison when the input difference is small. Thus, the proposed comparator can not only provide the polarity of the input, but also the amount information of the input, which helps to skip most of the SAR cycles when the initial input is small. Thus, most energy can be saved when the initial input is small. The proposed timedomain comparator is designed in 0.18 μm CMOS technology. Simulation results demonstrate that the comparator can not only save power consumption, but also give the design flexibility, and the current is only nA level when the supply voltage is 0.6 V.


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L. Xie, S. Li, Y. Ren and Z. Huang, "A two-dimension time-domain comparator for low power sar adcs," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 65, no.2, pp. 1519–1529, 2020.

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