Stand-alone regenerative latched comparators

Discussion created by Binderman on Jan 9, 2017
Latest reply on Jan 15, 2017 by Binderman

Hello all,

My question is about regenerative latched comparators.

I'm not sure if I posted this question in the correct forum, but since I know that these circuit topologies are frequently used inside modern A/D converters, I thought there might be some experts here who can shine a light on this.

My question is not  related to a specific part number but I was wondering why regenerative latched comparators are not offered as discrete parts by any manufacturer.

As much as they are indispensable in modern ADC architectures , they would make for a killer component in many mixed signal applications where high speed analog comparing and low power are key requirements. The speed to power ratio could be vastly improved for any time-discrete design, where there is now no other alternative than to use a power hungry linear comparator. Such a component would be a perfect supplement to modern ultra low power logic families and with only 6 pins needed could be housed in similarly small packages.

Is there a technical reason why such components don't exist or is there just no market for them?

Just wondering......


Paul Beijer