Pipeline ADC Overview
This chapter provides a brief introduction to pipeline converters. Before describing their inner structure and basic operation principles, a designer must know the ideas underlying the analog-to-digital conversion process. For this purpose, Sect. 1.1 provides a brief overview of the fundamentals of analog-to-digital conversion. Subsequently, pipeline converters will be introduced in Sect. 1.2, emphasizing their main characteristics and describing their basic building blocks. As conclusion to the chapter, an overview of the current trends for the enhancement of pipeline converters will be provided.