A 14-bit 250-MS/s charge-domain pipelined ADC with mix-signal foreground calibration

  • Zhen-hai Chen
  • Haijun WuEmail author
  • Hong Zhang
  • Jing-he Wei
  • Xiaobo Su
  • Yan Xue
  • Zong-guang YuEmail author


A mix-signal foreground calibration method for charge domain pipelined ADC is proposed. The calibration method can calibrate the common-mode and differential-mode charge errors caused by capacitor mismatches stage by stage based on a binary search. Common-mode and differential-mode charge errors caused by the capacitor mismatches in charge domain pipelined substage circuits can be compensated for by the proposed calibration method. Based on the proposed calibration method, a 14-bit 250-MS/s charge domain pipelined ADC is designed and realized in a 1P6M 0.18 μm CMOS process. Test results show that the 14-bit 250-MS/s ADC achieves a signal-to-noise ratio of 70.5 dBFS and a spurious free dynamic range of 88.7 dB, with 20.1 MHz input at 250-MS/s, while the ADC core consumes 235 mW of power and occupies an area of 3.2 mm2.


Pipelined analog-to-digital converter Charge-domain Foreground calibration Capacitor mismatch Common mode charge 



This work is supported by the National Science Foundation of China (No. 61704161) and Major Science and Technology Projects in Anhui Province (Nos. 18030901006, 201904b11020007).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information EngineeringHuangshan UniversityHuangshanChina
  2. 2.No. 58 Research InstituteChina Electronic Technology Group CorporationWuxiChina
  3. 3.School of MicroelectronicXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  4. 4.Microelectronic InstituteXidian UniversityXi’anChina

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