The paper presents a track-and-hold amplifier (THA), based on the switched emitter follower topology, suitable for emerging receivers architectures and data acquisition systems. The THA exploits four concurrent techniques, all described in the paper, which allow to reduce the hold-mode feedthrough; to attenuate the differential droop rate; to improve the linearity of the input buffer; and to optimize the third order harmonic distortion for RF sampling operation. The effectiveness of this novel approach is demonstrated using a low cost 0.35 μm SiGe technology. The THA core draws about 145 mA from 3.5 V supply. The THA provides a spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) better than 72 dB when it is used for sampling an incoming signal of 0.9 Vpp centered around 925 MHz at a sampling rate of 0.5 GS/s. The THA allows a max sampling frequency equal to 6 GS/s and a max input frequency equal to 2.5 GHz and provides a SFDR better than 50 dB in all the available working conditions.
|Autori interni:||AVITABILE, Gianfranco|
|Titolo:||A 12-bit track and hold amplifier for giga-sample applications|
|Rivista:||ANALOG INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s10470-015-0556-5|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|