Sigma-Delta Converter

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  • Quartus®: v9.1



This design example is a cost-effective, high-precision analog-to-digital converter (ADC) commonly used in wireless and audio applications, consisting of two major blocks: analog modulator and digital filter. The analog modulator over-samples and converts the analog signal into a stream of bits. The digital filter then converts the serial stream into digital number by decimation operation.

This design example shows an efficient and cost-effective way to implement the digital decimation filter with multi-stage partition method and use the time-division multiplexed (TDM) feature in DSP Builder Advanced Blockset to achieve both high-speed performance and low-resource usage.

Figure 1 shows the block diagram of a Sigma-Delta ADC with analog modulator that is modeled with a Simulink block and a digital decimation filter (implemented with a DSP Builder block).

Figure 1. Sigma-delta ADC block diagram.

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Table 1 lists the specifications used to design the digital decimation filter.

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