Chargeredistribution Successive Approximation ADC
One of the most common implementations of the successive approximation ADC, the chargeredistribution successive approximation ADC, uses a charge scaling DAC. The charge scaling DAC simply consists of an array of individually switched binaryweighted capacitors. The amount of charge upon each capacitor in the array is used to perform the aforementioned binary search in conjunction with a comparator internal to the DAC and the successive approximation register.

 First, the capacitor array is completely discharged to the offset voltage of the comparator, V_{OS}. This step provides automatic offset cancellation(i.e. The offset voltage represents nothing but dead charge which can't be juggled by the capacitors).
 Next, all of the capacitors within the array are switched to the input signal, v_{IN}. The capacitors now have a charge equal to their respective capacitance times the input voltage minus the offset voltage upon each of them.
 In the third step, the capacitors are then switched so that this charge is applied across the comparator's input, creating a comparator input voltage equal to v_{IN}.
 Finally, the actual conversion process proceeds. First, the MSB capacitor is switched to V_{REF}, which corresponds to the fullscale range of the ADC. Due to the binaryweighting of the array the MSB capacitor forms a 1:1 charge divider with the rest of the array. Thus, the input voltage to the comparator is now v_{IN} plus V_{REF}/2. Subsequently, if v_{IN} is greater than V_{REF}/2 then the comparator outputs a digital 1 as the MSB, otherwise it outputs a digital 0 as the MSB. Each capacitor is tested in the same manner until the comparator input voltage converges to the offset voltage, or at least as close as possible given the resolution of the DAC.
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