Wishing to read up on the science of ADC design and implementations but wonder where to start looking for papers? Check out this post:
The ADC performance survey mentioned here, here and in  is a near-exhaustive survey of scientific publications reporting measured monolithic ADCs mainly in IEEE journals and conferences central to the field, and therefore it can provide some insight in where to look for scientific work on ADCs. To be more precise, papers were surveyed from the IEEE Journal on Solid State Circuits (JSSC), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (CAS), IEEE Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC), Symposium on VLSI Circuits (VLSI Symp), Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC), GaAs IC Symposium (GaAs IC), Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM), and various other sources, including some non-IEEE sources.
The distribution of publications per source shown in the pie chart should give a good idea on where to start looking for ADC papers. Obviously, the value of individual papers may not correlate 1:1 with the total number of publications for a particular source, but the JSSC and ISSCC is apparently a good bet when starting a literature study. I’m sure many of the blog readers knew that already. Now with the pie chart you also know more or less how much more there is to be found – and where to look for it.
Note that the data used for the pie chart includes papers until March 2010, which means that it includes ISSCC 2010 but none of the other 2010 conferences. Updating the data would therefore cause some minor ripple in the slices.
Note also that the A-SSCC conference started as late as 2005, which is much later than the other conferences. The accumulated paper count for A-SSCC is therefore smaller but its significance to the ADC field is larger than the relatively small pie slice shows.
One of the more significant sources that were largely excluded from the survey due to limited access is the Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing journal by Springer. There are also other conferences than the above that are potentially interesting, such as the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), with regional counterparts such as MW-CAS, ICECS and APCCAS. Publications at these conferences have a tendency towards simulation-only papers and theory, but measured implementations do appear at these conferences too.
There is of course nothing wrong with simulation-only papers – personally I find them to be an excellent source of insight and new ideas. It’s just not possible to compare simulated performance with measured performance, and therefore such papers have not been included in the ADC performance survey .
What’s your view on ADC papers? Where are the best papers published? Do you know of any good source that should have been included in the list? Let everyone know by adding a comment with a link to the source. Tell us what you like about that source.
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