Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) with Adaptive Thresholds

 

An adaptive Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) that adjusts the representation levels used in the conversion process so as to optimize system performance. By establishing system performance criteria by which to select or adjust the signal value range associated with each digital representation and/or the digital representation, substantially fewer bits may be used in the ADC. The systems and methods described herein enable lower-power, smaller form-factor designs as well as very high-speed operation.

In particular, this technology may be beneficial for use in communications systems because it enables ADC's to operate at speeds where traditional ADC designs simply cannot.