2017 Volume 14 Issue 5 Pages 20170003
This paper presents a 200 kS/s 12-bit successive approximation ADC with a new ladder-based time-domain comparator. The proposed comparator utilizes differential multi-ladder stages, resulting in improvement of gain and noise performance. The chip is designed and fabricated in a standard 0.18 µm CMOS technology with area of 0.127 mm2. With a supply of 0.9 V, the ADC consumes 2.72 µW at the sampling rate of 200 kS/s. The measured SNDR and SFDR are 61.6 dB and 66.1 dB respectively, providing an ENOB of 9.9 bits, and the corresponding FOM of 28 fJ/conv-step.