Design Secrets Behind the World’s First K-band DAC

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  • Author: Marc Wingender, Romain Pilard (PhD) and Julien Duvernay (PhD)

This article covers specific design choices in the creation of the world’s first K-band data converter, the EV12DS460A, explaining that by avoiding established CMOS design principles and applying an ultra-high speed process, new capabilities can emerge. It also covers how a compact, single-core quantizer coupled with careful design choices leads to the breakthrough performance the EV12DS460A boasts. Lastly, you’ll discover how subtleties in layout and circuit simplifications are dominant design considerations.