20130021181 | NON-BINARY SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATION ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERTER - A successive approximation analog to digital converter (SA-ADC) employs a binary-weighted digital to analog converter (DAC) to perform a non-binary search in determining a digital representation of a sample of an analog signal. In an embodiment, a subset of iterations needed to convert an analog sample to a digital value is performed using non-binary search with a radix of conversion less than two. As a result, search windows in iterations corresponding to the non-binary search overlap, and correction of errors due to a comparator used in the SA-ADC is rendered possible. Error correction being possible due to the non-binary search, the comparator is operated in a low-bandwidth, and hence low-power, mode during the non-binary search. The non-binary search in combination with the binary-weighted architecture of the DAC offer several benefits such as for example, less-complex implementation, shorter conversion time, easier and compact layout and lower power consumption. | 01-24-2013 |