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A rigorous approach to the robust design of continuous-time ΣΔ modulators

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Subtitle:A rigorous approach to the robust design of continuous-time Sigma Delta modulators
In this paper we present a framework for robust design of continuous-time Sigma Delta modulators. The approach allows to find a modulator which maintains its performance ( stability, guaranteed peak SNR, ...) over all the foreseen parasitic effects, provided it exists. For this purpose, we have introduced the S-figure as a criterion for the robustness of a continuous-time Sigma Delta modulator. This figure, inspired by the worst-case-distance methodology, indicates how close a design is to violating one of its performance requirements. Optimal robustness is obtained by optimizing this S-figure. The approach is illustrated through various design examples and is able to find modulators that are robust to excess loop delay, clock jitter and coefficient variations. As an application of the approach, we have quantified the effect of coefficient trimming. Even with poor trim resolution, good performance can be achieved provided beneficial initial system parameters are chosen. Another example illustrates the fact that also the out-of-band peaking behavior of the signal transfer function can be controlled with our design framework.
Journal: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS I-REGULAR PAPERS
ISSN: 1549-8328
Issue: 12
Volume: 58
Pages: 2829 - 2837
Publication year:2011
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BOF-publication weight:0.1
CSS-citation score:1
Authors:National
Authors from:Higher Education
Accessibility:Open