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Emerging ADCs

11:00 AM ET
Webinar - Online
Abira Altvater –
Gabriele Manganaro


Abstract: Does innovation in ADC design follow a straight-line progression? Should the pervasive use of figures of merit (FOMs) be encouraged? It is the author's contention that a closer look to the symbiosis between data converters applications and data converter technology suggests a substantially more complex picture deserving attention.
New points in a FOM scatter plot regularly emerge as the result of what designers are working on, which is influenced by application and business dynamics. So, the emergence of new points should not be confused as an indication of what converter technology could possibly do in absolute sense. Some level of correlation between technological potential and a FOM trend should not be hastily confused with causation. Worse off, we should be wary of downplaying emerging classes of data converters that do not yet rank as successfully in FOM as established ones. Two emerging ADC classes, the time-domain converters and compressive sampling techniques, are considered as examples of a different view on this topic.

Speaker Bio: Gabriele Manganaro (S'95, M'98, SM'03, F'16) holds a Dr.Eng. and a Ph.D. degree in Electronics from the University of Catania, Italy. Starting in 1994, he did research with ST Microelectronics and at Texas A&M University. He worked in data converters' IC design at Texas Instruments, Engim Inc, and as Design Director at National Semiconductor. Since 2010 to 2020 he was with Analog Devices, first as an Engineering Director for High Speed Data Converters, and subsequently as a Technology Director for the Communication Products Division.
Gabriele joined MediaTek in 2021 as a Director of Technology. He served in the technical sub-committee for Data Converters of the ISSCC for seven consecutive years. He was Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. On Circuits and Systems - Part II and then Associate Editor, Deputy Editor in Chief and finally Editor in Chief for IEEE Trans. On Circuits and Systems - Part I. He is presently the Editor in Chief (2020-21) for the IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems. He authored/co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, three books (notably "Advanced Data Converters", Cambridge University Press, 2011) and has been granted 18 US patents, with more pending. He was recipient of scientific awards, including the 1995 CEU Award from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK), the 1999 IEEE Circuits and Systems Outstanding Young Author Award and the 2007 IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference Best Paper Award. He is an IEEE Fellow (since 2016), a Fellow of the IET (since 2009), Member of the scientific honor society Sigma Xi, and was a member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2016-2018). Gabriele has received international technical & leadership recognition; he is often invited to speak on technical subjects at key conferences and top universities and developed and taught graduate professional courses in data converters design and mixed-signal design at the University of Oxford (UK).