Laboratorio de Comunicaciones Digitales
Departamento de Electrónica

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- 2017 -

Design and Experimental Evaluation of a Time-Interleaved ADC Calibration Algorithm for Application in High-Speed Communication Systems
IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, Vol. 64, No. 5, May 2017


In this work we investigate a new background calibration technique to compensate sampling phase errors in time-interleaved analog-to-digital-converters (TI-ADCs). Timing mismatches in TI-ADC degrade significantly the performance of ultra-high-speed digital transceivers. Unlike previous proposals, the calibration technique used here optimizes a metric directly related to the performance of the communication system. Estimation of gradient of the mean-squared-error (MSE) at the slicer with respect to the sampling phases of each interleave, are computed to minimize the time errors of the TI-ADC by controlling programmable analog time delay-cells. Since (i) dedicated digital signal processing (DSP) such as cross-correlations or digital filtering of the received samples are not required, and (ii) metrics such as MSE are available in most commercial transceivers, the implementation is reduced to a low speed state-machine. The technique is verified experimentally by using a programmable logic-based platform with a 2 GS/s 6-bit TI-ADC. The latter has been fabricated in 0.13um CMOS process, and it provides flexible sampling phase control capabilities. Experimental results show that the signal-to-noise ratio penalty of a digital BPSK receiver caused by sampling time errors in TI-ADC, can be reduced from 1 dB to less than 0.1 dB at a bit-error-rate of 10E-6.

Autores / Author/s
Benjamín Reyes, Raúl Sanchez, Ariel Pola, and Mario Hueda.

Integrantes/ Member/s

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