A 61-nW Level-Crossing ADC with Adaptive Sampling for Biomedical Applications

Yuting Hou, Jiali Qu, Zhenzhen Tian, Mohamed Atef, Khalil Yousef, Yong Lian, Guoxing Wang

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An ultra-low-power level-crossing analog-To-digital converter (LC-ADC) with on-chip adaptive sampling is presented. Different from conventional ADCs based on Nyquist sampling, LC-ADC utilizes sparsity of signals for low power data acquisition. To save power, the proposed adaptive sampling scheme is implemented with only one scaler and one high-precision comparator, which is in sharp contrast to conventional LC-ADCs that require an n-bit digital-To-Analog converter and two comparators. Implemented in 0.18-\mu {\mathrm{ m}} CMOS process, the proposed ADC consumes only 61 nW under 0.5V supply, and achieves 5.6 bits equivalent numbers of bits and 35 dB signal-To-noise and distortion ratio with an operating frequency up to 1 kHz.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8371733
Pages (from-to)56-60
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • LC-ADC
  • Ultra-low power
  • on-chip adaptive sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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