We present a low-power area-efficient subarray beamforming receiver (RX) structure for a miniaturized 3-D ultrasound imaging system. Given that the delay-and-sum (DAS) and digitization functions consume most of the area and power in the receiver, the beamforming successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) shares its capacitive digital-to-analog converter (CDAC) with the delay cells. As a result, the delay cells implemented with capacitors are embedded in the CDAC with significant area reduction, further eliminating the need for power-hungry ADC buffers. Furthermore, the dual reference 10-bit SAR ADC reduces the area of CDAC by 32 times, achieving a switching energy reduction of 98.3%, compared to the conventional SAR ADC. As a result, the proposed beamforming SAR ADC, simulated using a 0.18 μm CMOS process, consumes 230 μW per channel, significantly reducing the per channel capacitance.