Emerging Data Converter Architectures and Techniques
White Paper Overview
The scientific community is drawn to the progression of data converter architectures and performance. As a result, some new architectures evolve alongside time-tested ones, like the successive approximation ADCs, the pipelined ADCs, and the resistor-string DACs. At the same time, some other architectures do not last too long, following a process somewhat akin to a Darwinian selection.
This white paper discusses several aspects of recent data conversion architectural innovations. First, the symbiotic relationship between converter applications and converter technologies is outlined through examples. Then, two classes of emerging data converter architectures and techniques, namely time-domain converters and compressive sampling techniques, show promising progress.