Professor Kyojin Choo, head of the Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits Lab (MSIC-LAB) at the School of Engineering, has received a grant for his project “Circuit Scaling Through design: Charge-Injection-Based Analog-to-Digital Converter” from the Fond National Suisse (FNS).
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) funds excellent research at universities – from physics to medicine to sociology. Thousands of teams are generating knowledge for a better future for all.
Here is a brief description of the project:
Circuit Scaling Through design: Charge-Injection-Based Analog-to-Digital Converter
Electronics are only as capable as the chips that are in them. Chips are what actually (physically) run the tasks that you expect out of electronic devices. Chips are sometimes designed to compute, communicate, or sense, and in any chips that interact with our physical world, there must be a circuit called an analog-to-digital converter inside them. One of the most important tenets in designing the chips is that things must become smaller to do things better and faster. However, in the analog-to-digital converter world, it has not been getting much smaller since roughly 10 years ago, bottlenecking how much information can be exchanged or generated out of our electronics. The main reason (among many) for this is that the exploration into better and smaller building styles of analog-to-digital converters has been absent. This project aims to address exactly this by introducing a new way of building analog-to-digital converters that are conceived to be denser than any other existing styles.