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T5: Fundamentals on high-performance continuous-time ADCs


11:30 - 13:00

room 1-2


Lucien J. Breems

Lucien J. Breems (Fellow, IEEE) received the M.Sc. degree (cum laude) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

From 2000 to 2006, he was with Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In 2007, he joined NXP Semiconductors, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Since 2021, he is a part-time Professor at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

Prof. Breems is/has been a member of the Technical Program Committees of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (ASSCC), the European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC), the Symposium on VLSI Circuits, and the IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED). He (co)-received the ISSCC Jan van Vessem Outstanding European Paper Award in 2001, 2011, and 2016, the RFIC Symposium Industry Best Paper Award in 2016, and the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits Best Paper Awards in 2011 and 2016. He is an associate editor of the IEEE OPEN JOURNAL OF THE SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS SOCIETY. From 2009 to 2015, he served as an Associate Editor and, in 2020, as a Guest Editor for the IEEE JOURNAL OF SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS. He was a Guest Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS II from 2008 to 2009. He was IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2012 to 2013.


In this tutorial, an overview of continuous-time (CT) analog-to-digital converters is presented. An architectural overview is given, including CT delta-sigma, multi-stage noise-shaping (MASH) and CT pipeline ADC architectures and their design parameters and constraints are analyzed. An emphasis is given on stability and speed constraints of the different architectures. Several state-of-the-art case studies will be presented and their key architectural innovations, circuit designs and calibration algorithms, that demonstrate very high linearity, state-of-the-art power efficiency and high bandwidth conversion.



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