Archive for April, 2009

Today, I taught a guest lecture for a graduate class at the University of Texas at Austin. The topic was Over-Sampling Data Converters with Mismatch-Shaping. The talk covered some basics of delta-sigma modulators within the context of a DAC and multibit quantization, and then explored various mismatch-shaping schemes.

For me, it was a good learning experience on how to present to those unfamiliar with advanced concepts. Historically, my presentation audiences have almost always consisted of peers already very familiar with the material. This was an entirely different approach, as the backgrounds of the students varied widely. One thing to remember is to limit the scope of a discussion to as narrow a range of new concepts as possible, so as to maximize the focus of the audience and enable the presenter to adequately devote attention to each detail. All in all, it was a worthwhile endeavor.

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