Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Chen, C.


Engineering, Electronics and Electrical.




With advancements in digital signal processing in recent years, the need for high-speed, high-resolution analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) which can be used in the analog front-end has been increasing. Some examples of these applications are image and video signal processing, wireless communications and asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL). In CMOS integrated circuit design, it is desirable to integrate the digital circuit and the ADC in one microchip to reduce the cost of fabrication. Consequently the power dissipation and area of the ADCs are important design factors. The original contributions in this thesis are as follows. Since the performance of pipeline ADCs significantly depends on the op-amps and comparators circuits, the performance of various comparators is analyzed and the effect of op-amp topology on the performance of pipeline ADCs is investigated. This thesis also presents a novel architecture for design of low-power and low-area pipelined ADCs which will be more useful for very low voltage applications in the future. At the schematic level, a low-power CMOS implementation of the current-mode MDAC is presented and an improved voltage comparator is designed. With the proposed design and the optimization methodology it is possible to reduce power dissipation and area compared with conventional fully differential schemes.Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2004 .M64. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-01, page: 0281. Adviser: C. Chen. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2004.