The use of low resistivity substrates for optimal noise reduction, ground referencing, and current conduction in mixed signal ASICs

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This paper is distilled from a talk given at the 3rd International Meeting on Front End Electronics in Taos, N.M. on Nov. 7,1997. It is based on experience gained by designing and testing the SVX3 128 channel silicon strip detector readout chip. The SVX3 chip organization is shown in Fig. 1. The Front End section consists of an integrator and analog pipeline designed at Fermilab, and the Back End section is an ADC plus sparsification and readout logic designed at LBL. SVX3 is a deadtimeless readout chip, which means that the front end is acquiring low level analog signals while ... continued below

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Zimmerman, T. December 1, 1997.

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This paper is distilled from a talk given at the 3rd International Meeting on Front End Electronics in Taos, N.M. on Nov. 7,1997. It is based on experience gained by designing and testing the SVX3 128 channel silicon strip detector readout chip. The SVX3 chip organization is shown in Fig. 1. The Front End section consists of an integrator and analog pipeline designed at Fermilab, and the Back End section is an ADC plus sparsification and readout logic designed at LBL. SVX3 is a deadtimeless readout chip, which means that the front end is acquiring low level analog signals while the back end is digitizing and reading out digital signals. It is thus a true mixed signal chip, and demands close attention to avoid disastrous coupling from the digital to the analog sections. SVX3 is designed in a bulk CMOS process (i.e., the circuits sit in a silicon substrate). In such a process, the substrate becomes a potential coupling path. This paper discusses the effect of the substrate resistivity on coupling, and also goes into a more general discussion of grounding and referencing in mixed signal designs and how low resistivity substrates can be used to advantage. Finally, an alternative power supply current conduction method for ASICs is presented as an additional advantage which can be obtained with low resistivity substrates. 1 ref., 13 figs., 1 tab.

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  • Report No.: FNAL-TM--2035
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH03000
  • DOI: 10.2172/577002 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 577002
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc697200

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Zimmerman, T. The use of low resistivity substrates for optimal noise reduction, ground referencing, and current conduction in mixed signal ASICs, report, December 1, 1997; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc697200/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.