A Low Power Sigma-Delta Modulator with Hybrid Architecture

Shengbiao An, Shuang Xia, Yue Ma, Arfan Ghani, Chan Hwang See , Raed Abd-Alhameed, Chuanfeng Niu

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    Analogue-to-digital converters (ADC) using oversampling technology and the Σ-∆ modulation mechanism are widely applied in digital audio systems. This paper presents an audio modulator with high accuracy and low power consumption by using a discrete second-order feedforward structure. A 5-bit successive approximation register (SAR) quantizer is integrated into the chip, which reduces the number of comparators and the power consumption of the quantizer compared with flash ADC-type quantizers. An analogue passive adder is used to sum the input signals and it is embedded in a SAR ADC composed of a capacitor array and a dynamic comparator which has no static power consumption. To validate the design concept, the designed modulator is developed in a 180 nm CMOS process. The peak signal to noise distortion ratio (SNDR) is calculated as 106 dB and the total power consumption of the chip is recorded as 3.654 mW at the chip supply voltage of 1.8 V. The input sine wave of 0 to 25 kHz is sampled at a sampling frequency of 3.2 Ms/s. Moreover, the results achieve a 16-bit effective number of bits (ENOB) when the amplitude of the input signal is varied between 0.15 and 1.65 V. By comparing with other modulators which were realized by a 180 nm CMOS process, the proposed architecture outperforms with lower power consumption.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number5309
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Number of pages17
    Issue number18
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2020

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    • feedforward modulator
    • quantizer
    • SAR
    • Σ-Δ modulator
    • Σ-∆ modulator
    • Quantizer
    • Feedforward modulator

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Instrumentation
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Biochemistry


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