IEEE Journal on Solid-State Circuits vol:29 issue:8 pages:857-865
A high-performance cascaded sigma-delta modulator is presented. It has a new three-stage fourth-order topology and provides functionally a maximum signal to quantization noise ratio of 16 bits and 16.5-bit dynamic range with an oversampling ratio of only 32. This modulator is implemented with fully differential switch-capacitor circuits and is manufactured in a 2-mum BiCMOS process. The converter, operated from +/-2.5 V power supply, +/-1.25 V reference voltage and oversampling clock of 48 MHz, achieves 97 dB resolution at a Nyquist conversion rate of 1.5 MHz after comb-filtering decimation. The power consumption of the converter is 180 mW.