A fully-settled linear behavior plus noise model for evaluating the digital stimuli of the design-for-digital-testability ∑-Δ Modulators

Hao-Chiao Hong*

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Abstract

Evaluating the digital stimuli used in the design-for-digital-testability (DfDT) ∑-Δ modulator is a time-consuming task due to its oversampling and non-linear nature. Although behavioral simulations can substantially improve the simulation speed, conventional behavioral models fail to provide accurate enough signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) predictions for this particular application. In this paper, a fully-settled linear behavior plus noise (FSLB+N) model for the DfDT ∑-Δ modulator is presented to improve both the accuracy and the speed of the behavioral simulations. The model includes the following parameters: the finite open-loop gains, the offsets, the finite output swings, the flicker noise of the operational amplifiers (OPAMPs), as well as the thermal noises of the switched capacitors, the OPAMPs, and the reference supplies. With the proposed model, the behavioral simulation results demonstrate a high correlation with the measurement data. On average, the SNR difference between the simulation and the measurement is -1.1 dB with a maximum of 0.05 dB and a minimum of -2.2 dB. Comparing with the circuit-level simulation using HSPICE, the behavioral simulation with the FSLB+N model is 1,190,000 times faster. The proposed model not only can be used for evaluating the digital stimulus candidates, but also can be applied to system-level simulations of the mixed-signal design with an embedded DfDT ∑-Δ modulator.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-538
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Electronic Testing: Theory and Applications (JETTA)
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Behavioral model
  • Design-for-digital-testability
  • Stimulus evaluation
  • ∑-Δ modulator

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