HBT DELTA-SIGMA ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER (Q-DOT RESEARCH PROPOSAL 1291)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 17797
Amount: $621,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Q-dot, Inc.
1069 Elkton Drlve, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald L. Herman, Jr.
 (719) 590-1112
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THERE ARE NUMEROUS APPLICATIONS FOR A HIGH-RESOLUTION (16-BIT) AND IN MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS, PHASED-ARRAY RADAR# AND ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYATEMS. G-DOT PROPOSES A HIGH-RESOLUTION (16- TO 18-BIT) ' 100 MS/S BHT DELTA-SIGMA A^D CONVERTER. A MULTIBIT ARCHITECTURE REDUCES THE OVERSAMPLING RATIO FROM 1000:1 TO 50:1 (FOR 16 BITS)# MINIMIZING THE TECHNICAL RISK. THE REDUCED CLOCK RATE AND THE MONOLITHIC APPROACH LOWERS THE A/D POWER REQUIREMENTS. THE DELTA-SIGMA ARCHITECTURE PROVIDES INSENSITIVITY TO PROCESS VARIATIONS# IMPROVING DEVICE YIELD. ON-CHIP DEMULTIPLEXING MAY BE USED TO PROVIDE INITIAL DECIMATION AS WELL, REDUCING THE DATA RATE FROM THE DELTA-SIGMA MODULATORS INTO THE DIGITAL FILTERS. THESE FEATURES ENHANCE THE DESIGN'S USEFULNESS FOR ANTENNA ARRAYS WHERE LARGE NUMBERS OF A^D'S MAY BE REQUIRED. A UNIQUE INPUT BUFFER ALSO SERVES AS THE MODULATOR FILTER AND DIFFERENCE AMPLIFIER. AN INNOVATIVE A/D-D^A DESIGN WILL CREATE A VERY-HIGH-SPEED BUILDING BLOCK USEFUL FOR SUBRANGING A/D'S AS WELL AS THE PROPOSED DELTA-SIGMA A/D. THIS BUILDING-BLOCK ALSO HAS APPLICATIONS IN RF FRONT ENDS# PROVIDING RAPID GAIN-CONTROL FEEDBACK FOR AGC OR SIGNAL DEMODULATION/DETECTION. DURING PHASE I, PRELIMINARY CELL DESIGNS WILL BE EVALUATED AND THE A/D'S PERFORMANCE ESTIMATED. A STATE-OF-THE-ART INP MET PROCESS WILL BE USED TO PRODUCE PROTOTYPES DURING PHASE II.

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