The International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) was last week in San Francisco. Stéphane Le Tual, Pratap Narayan Singh, Christophe Curis, Pierre Dautriche, all from STMicroelectronics presented a paper on A 20GHz-BW 6b 10GS/s 32mW Time-Interleaved SAR ADC with Master T&H in 28nm UTBB FDSOI Technology… Read More
Xilinx’s Mixed Signal FPGA
Something in all the Xilinx chatter of UltraScale 20nm, 16nm, having massive amounts of Gigabit transceivers, DSP blocks, RAM, HLS, Rapid Design Closure gets lost… and that is Xilinx’s ability for Mixed Signals. I do not mean when you are talking with the wife (Remember Listen!), but a wonderful block that lives within… Read More
How to Optimize Analog IPs for High-end SoCs?
Gone are the days when analog design had its sweet space on a single chip. However, it’s the main driver in this new electronic world which is geared by Internet-of-Things, wireless, mobile, remote control and so on. How does an electronic device sense a touch by human, motion, temperature, sound etc.? It’s the analog circuitry … Read More
Searching an ADC (or DAC) at 28 nm may be such a burden…
If you have ever send a Request For Quotation (RFQ) for an ASIC including processor IP core, memories, Interfaces IP like PCIe, SATA or USB and Analog function like Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) or Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), you have discovered, like I did a couple of years ago, that these Analog functions may be the key… Read More
AMS Programmable Prototype Platforms
AVNET released their 15[SUP]th[/SUP] Xfest this year, a couple of months ago. It was here in Germany last week. It was a well organized event, rich with invaluable technical information and full of decent smart engineers and managers. If you missed it this year register for the next event as soon as you can.
It was a very successful… Read More
Reducing the Need for Guardbanding Flash ADC Designs
Flash analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) are commonly used in high-frequency applications such as satellite communications, sampling oscilloscopes, and radar detection. Flash ADC is preferred over other ADC architectures because it is extremely fast and quite simple. However, flash ADC typically requires twice as many… Read More