Inverter-based successive approximation capacitance-to-digital converter

Hesham Omran (Inventor), Abdulaziz Alhoshany (Inventor), Khaled N. Salama (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


An energy-efficient capacitance-to-digital converter (CDC) is provided that utilizes a capacitance-domain successive approximation (SAR) technique. Unlike SAR analog- to-digital converters (ADCs), analysis shows that for SAR CDCs, the comparator offset voltage will result in signal-dependent and parasitic-dependent conversion errors, which necessitates an op-amp-based implementation. The inverter-based SAR CDC contemplated herein provides robust, energy-efficient, and fast operation. The inverter- based SAR CDC may include a hybrid coarse-fine programmable capacitor array. The design of example embodiments is insensitive to analog references, and thus achieves very low temperature sensitivity without the need for calibration. Moreover, this design achieves improved energy efficiency.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Patent numberWO 2017046782 A1
StatePublished - Mar 23 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2019-02-13


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