09716508 cites 6 patents.
Mechanisms for generating dummy signals for use in reducing data dependent noise in DACs are disclosed. Disclosed mechanisms differentiate between odd and even bits of a digital data signal to be converted and generate dummy signals by inverting some of these bits and leaving other bits as they are (i.e. including them in their non-inverted form). One dummy signal is generated as a sequence of bits that is the same as a sequence of bits of a data signal except that every odd bit of the data signal is inverted. An alternative dummy signal is generated as a sequence of bits that is the same as a sequence of bits of a data signal except that every even bit is inverted. Generating dummy signals in this manner eliminates the need to use calibration, feedback, or transition detectors, advantageously resulting in increased timing margins and substantial power savings over existing implementations.