Multi-Rate Segmented Time-Interleaved Current Steering DAC with Unity-Elements Sharing

Aksin D., Ozbek G., Maloberti F.

International Symposium on Circuits and Systems Nano-Bio Circuit Fabrics and Systems (ISCAS 2010), Paris, France, 30 May - 02 June 2010, pp.3353-3356 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Paris
  • Country: France
  • Page Numbers: pp.3353-3356
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A novel multi-rate Time-Interleaved Current Steering Digital to Analog Converter with unity element sharing is presented. Proposed 12-bit DAC is simulated in 90nm CMOS technology. The implemented DAC is divided to two segments, MSB and LSB segments, each having 6 bits of resolution. Taking advantage of the oversampling requirement due to the reconstruction filter at the DAC output, the MSB segment is further separated to 6 subDACs to implement time-interleaved and return-to-zero techniques. Time interleaved technique reduces the switching speed of each individual unit element to 1/6(th) of the sampling clock frequency and RTZ technique improves the linearity of the DAC. Simulations show that employed technique improves the linearity over 6dB with an SFDR of 85dB with 6GS/s sampling frequency and 460MHz input frequency. The DAC draws 13mA from a 1.5V supply. The expected active area of the DAC is 1 mm(2).