Radiation-Tolerant Delta-Sigma Time-to-Digital Converters

  • Ying Cao
  • Paul Leroux
  • Michiel Steyaert

Part of the Analog Circuits and Signal Processing book series (ACSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ying Cao, Paul Leroux, Michiel Steyaert
    Pages 1-14
  3. Ying Cao, Paul Leroux, Michiel Steyaert
    Pages 15-23
  4. Ying Cao, Paul Leroux, Michiel Steyaert
    Pages 25-38
  5. Ying Cao, Paul Leroux, Michiel Steyaert
    Pages 39-68
  6. Ying Cao, Paul Leroux, Michiel Steyaert
    Pages 69-80
  7. Ying Cao, Paul Leroux, Michiel Steyaert
    Pages 81-103
  8. Ying Cao, Paul Leroux, Michiel Steyaert
    Pages 105-106
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 107-114

About this book


This book focuses on the design of a Mega-Gray (a standard unit of total ionizing radiation) radiation-tolerant ps-resolution time-to-digital converter (TDC) for a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system used in a gamma-radiation environment. Several radiation-hardened-by-design (RHBD) techniques are demonstrated throughout the design of the TDC and other circuit techniques to improve the TDC's resolution in a harsh environment are also investigated. Readers can learn from scratch how to design a radiation-tolerant IC. Information regarding radiation effects, radiation-hardened design techniques and  measurements are organized in such a way that readers can easily gain a thorough understanding of the topic. Readers will also learn the design theory behind the newly proposed delta-sigma TDC. Readers can quickly acquire knowledge about the design of radiation-hardened bandgap voltage references and low-jitter relaxation oscillators, which are introduced in the content from a designer's perspective.


·         Discusses important aspects of radiation-tolerant analog IC design, including realistic applications and radiation effects on ICs;

·         Demonstrates radiation-hardened-by-design techniques through a design-test-radiation assessment practice;

·         Describes a new type of Time-to-Digital (TDC) converter designed for radiation-tolerant application;

·         Explains the design and measurement of all functional blocks (e.g., bandgap reference, relaxation oscillator) in the TDC.


Extreme Environment Electronics Radiation-Tolerant Delta-Sigma Time-to-Digital Converters Radiation-Tolerant ICs Radiation-Tolerant Integrated Circuits Radiation-Tolerant Time-to-Digital Converter Design Radiation-hardened IC Design

Authors and affiliations

  • Ying Cao
    • 1
  • Paul Leroux
    • 2
  • Michiel Steyaert
    • 3
  1. 1.KU LeuvenHeverleeBelgium
  2. 2.KU LeuvenHeverleeBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Electrical EngineeringK.U. LeuvenHeverleeBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-11841-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-11842-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1872-082X
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1854
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