Low-power ADC for radar sensing

Leuven - Master projects/internships
More than two weeks ago

Analog CMOS IC design for next-generation sensors

Radar systems are used more and more in our daily environment as accurate motion-detection sensors for road safety, smart homes, robotics, etc.  Advanced CMOS technology offers the capability to integrate both the millimeter-wave blocks (operating at e.g. 60, 79 or 140GHz) and the baseband processing for object detection and classification.

This thesis focusses on a key building block of such a radar SoC, i.e. the ADC(analog-to-digital converter). Performance requirements are a resolution of >12 bits and sampling speed up to 100MS/s, to be obtained with power consumption in the mW level.

IMEC’s IoT research group has a long-standing track record in the design of power-efficient RF and mmwave tranceivers and ADCs, and is looking for a motivated Ms student to investigate the design of such and ADC. Knowledge of analog design basics, and Cadence/spectre tools is a must. The research project will consist of a literature study, architecture investigations and trade-offs, followed by details circuit design and simulations. Depending on progress, layout and/or tapeout and measurements is also possible.

Type of project: Internship, Thesis, Combination of internship and thesis

Duration: 9-12 months

Required degree: Master of Engineering Science

Required background: Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Jan Craninckx (Jan.Craninckx@imec.be) and Piet Wambacq (Piet.Wambacq@imec.be)

Allowance only for students from a non-Belgian university

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