Critical Techniques for High Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems

Sampling rates vary tremendously between applications. A digital medical thermometer may deliver samples to update the readout once every five seconds while a high-speed wideband may produce 2 billion samples per second. The difference in sample rates between these two prominent examples is a staggering 10 orders of magnitude. There are thousands of applications spread continuously throughout this range.

To help define the meaning of "high-speed" A/D used in this handbook, we will be focusing primarily on with sampling rates higher than 100 MHz. We will review sampling techniques, and high-speed serial fabrics. Finally, we will present the latest Pentek high-speed A/D products and applications based on them.

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