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Multigigahertz performance of a superconducting analog-to-digital converter
Author(s): Howard C. Luong; Theodore Van Duzer
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the progress we have made on our design, fabrication, and testing of a fully parallel superconducting analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with multi-GHz clock frequencies and input bandwidth. To our best knowledge, this converter is the first flash-type analog-to-digital converter ever reported in Josephson technology that fully integrates a quantizer and a thermometer-to-binary encoder to achieve binary outputs. In this design, the quantizer consists of 2(superscript N-1 comparators, each of which is realized using a hysteretic one- junction sampling SQUID driving a two-junction readout SQUID. A new logic family has been designed based on the same comparator building block and has been used to implement the thermometer-to- binary encoder. Taking advantage of the fact that the encoder's input is thermometer-coded, we have designed three-input and four-input quasi-XOR gates with only three NAND gates and therefore reduced significantly the total gate count. Functionalities of all the sub-circuits have been verified experimentally at clock frequencies up to 3 GHz, which is limited by our currently available testing equipment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2160, Superconductive Devices and Circuits, (2 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.181009
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Howard C. Luong, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Theodore Van Duzer, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2160:
Superconductive Devices and Circuits
Robert A. Buhrman; John T. Clarke; Ken Daly; Roger H. Koch; Jerome A. Luine; Randy W. Simon, Editor(s)

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