Blocker-Tolerant and High-Sensitivity Delta Sigma Correlation Digitizer for Radar and Coherent Receiver Applications Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 IEEE. In this paper, a coherent subsampling digitizer for pulsed Doppler radar systems is proposed. Prior to transmission, the radar system modulates the RF pulse with a known pseudorandom binary phase shift keying (BPSK) sequence. Upon reception, the radar digitizer uses a programmable sample-and-hold circuit to multiply the received waveform by a properly time-delayed version of the known a priori BPSK sequence. This operation demodulates the desired echo signal while suppressing the spectrum of all in-band noncorrelated interferers, making them appear as noise in the frequency domain. The resulting demodulated narrowband Doppler waveform is then subsampled at the IF frequency by a delta-sigma modulator. Because the digitization bandwidth within the delta-sigma feedback loop is much less than the input bandwidth to the digitizer, the thermal noise outside of the Doppler bandwidth is effectively filtered prior to quantization, providing an increase in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at the digitizer's output compared with the input SNR. In this demonstration, a delta-sigma correlation digitizer is fabricated in a 0.18-m CMOS technology. The digitizer has a power consumption of 1.12 mW with an IIP3 of 7.5 dBm. The digitizer is able to recover Doppler tones in the presence of blockers up to 40 dBm greater than the Doppler tone.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Mincey, J. S., Silva-Martinez, J., Karsilayan, A. I., & Rodenbeck, C. T.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Mincey, John S||Silva-Martinez, Jose||Karsilayan, Aydin Ilker||Rodenbeck, Christopher T

publication date

  • September 2017