Low power high-speed neuron MOS digital-to-analog converters with minimal silicon area

Arto Rantala, Pekka Kuivalainen, Markku Åberg

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    Digital-to-analog converts utilizing neuron MOS-transistors were designed. Different DACs were implemented and characterized in order to compare various topologies. Criteria to select structures were low power, fast performance and minimal silicon area. A basic 8-bit version is implemented with only one neuron MOS-transistor and eight capacitors. The silicon area of this D/A converter is only 0.04 mm2 and the power consumption is 8.4 mW with conversion speed of 200 MS/s. An enhanced 8 and 10 bit versions utilizing neuron PMOS transistor and some extra circuitry are also proposed and tested. The silicon area of the enhanced 10 bit circuit is only 0.03mm2 while the performance is as good as in the case of the basic version. The measured differential nonlinearity is 0.38 LSB and integral nonlinearity is 0.55 LSB for the enhanced 10 bit structure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-62
    Number of pages10
    JournalAnalog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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