Understanding AC behaviors of high-speed ADCs

A growing number of electronic products in consumer, medical, automotive, and even industrial sectors make use of high-speed signal technologies for data and voice communication, audio, and imaging. Though these application categories process signals with different bandwidths and use correspondingly different converter architectures, they share certain characteristics when it comes to comparing candidate ADCs (analog-to-digital converters) and evaluating the performance of specific implementations.

In particular, designers working in these disparate application categories are concerned with a number of common converter AC-performance characteristics that can set their systems’ performance limits.

This article, which originally appeared at EE Times Europe (Analog) ,explains how to examine the AC behaviors of high-speed ADCs to evaluate and compare performance attributes for specific applications. To read it (no registration required), click here.

About the author
Dave Kress is director of technical marketing for Analog Devices, Inc. He has a BSEE and MSEE in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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