The proposed ADC is primarily targeted for application in the Kinetic Inductance Detector and will meet the NASA's expectations for the radiation hardened low power ADC required for the detector's readout electronics. The ADC will also be applicable for other NASA missions since it offers a flexible solution for meeting the stringent radiation tolerance and power consumption requirements that are essential in L-band and P-band radars, an advanced synthetic aperture radar (SAR), an interferometer for surface monitoring, ice topography, hydrology, oceanography. The proposed ADC can be used in digital beam forming (DBM) systems of the future radars.
The potential commercial applications for the proposed low power ADC include electronic systems employed in communication and scientific satellites, high-energy physics instruments, and medical X-ray imaging equipment. The proposed ADC can also find application in instruments and devices which require low power consumption, such as portable devices employing wireless data transmission based on WiFi, WiMAX and WiGig specifications.