10-bit tracking ADC with a multi-bit quantizer, variable step size and segmented current-steering DAC
This paper presents a 10-bit tracking ADC using a multi-bit quantiser and a segmented current-steering DAC. The quantiser allows a dynamical adjustment of the step size dependent on the input signal waveform. This mitigates the limited slew rate of delta encoded ADCs. Energy consumption induced by 1 LSB ripple is removed by the quantiser. The segmented current-steering DAC allows simple control, good monotonicity and improved transient response when compared to previous design as well as potential power reduction.