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Recording transient physical phenomena such as short electromagnetic pulses requires a very wide-band digitizer. We have successfully designed, fabricated, and tested a superconductive flash digitizer circuit using Nb trilayer technology. The digitizer consists of a 6-bit flash analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a set of on-chip switches to start and stop(More)
We report successful demonstration of a fully operational integrated superconducting ADC system based on a phase modulation/demodulation architecture. It consists of a high-resolution ADC chip with a multiple-channel race arbiter and integrated bit-pipelined decimation filter, an interface electronics block converting the ADC output to standard ECL form at(More)
Successful utilization of the quasi one-junction SQUID (QOS) as a signal comparator for analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) has been demonstrated by several groups, This idea is extended to show how similar comparators can be integrated into an all rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) digital architecture. Comparators are interrogated by SFQ sampling pulses and(More)
Rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) digital circuits have reached the level of medium- to large-scale of integration. At this level, existing design methodologies, developed specifically for RSFQ circuits, have become computationally inefficient. Applying mature semiconductor methodologies to the design of RSFQ circuits, one encounters substantial difficulties(More)
The semiconductor industry standard computer-aided-design (CAD) tool Cadence has been calibrated for a 3 /spl mu/m Niobium technology in order to design and build superconductive single flux quantum (SFQ) circuits. The top-down design methodology includes Verilog functional simulation, schematic capture, graphic layout, functional verification, design rule(More)
We are in the process of designing a Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter for use in a Digital Signal Processing (DSP) system based entirely on Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) logic. One aspect of this project involves the development of the arithmetic unit of the filter, in this case an adder-accumulator multiplier. This article describes two cells can(More)
Compact mm/submm integrated spectrometers are required for radio-astronomical research, remote monitoring of the Earth atmosphere and environmental monitoring for hazardous materials of chemical and biological origin. Assembled on a multi-chip module the all superconducting integrated spectrometer offers integration of thin film analog components such as a(More)
Because RSFQ circuits are intended to operate at multi-GHz frequencies, a logical requirement for developing the technology is a method of accurately measuring the picosecond delays associated with individual logic circuits. A technique has been developed for on-chip measurements of such RSFQ gate delays. The central element in this scheme is a race between(More)
Josephson primary voltage standards require a frequency-locked 77 GHz signal to perform precise frequency-to-voltage conversion. We describe the development of superconducting frequency counters used for microwave source locking in Josephson junction array primary voltage standards, and discuss design challenges and high speed test results. The counters(More)
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