Design of High-Performance Analog Circuits Using Wideband gm-Enhanced MOS Composite Transistors

Pak Kwong CHAN

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E93-C    No.7    pp.1199-1208
Publication Date: 2010/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E93.C.1199
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Electronic Circuits
composite transistor,  cascode compensation,  regulator,  gain enhancement,  slew rate enhancement,  

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In this paper, we present a new composite transistor circuit design technique that provides superior performance enhancement to analog circuits. By adding a composite transistor to the cascode-compensated amplifier, it has achieved a 102 dB DC gain, and a 37.6 MHz unity gain bandwidth while driving a 2 nF heavy capacitive load at a single 1.8 V supply. In the comparison of power-bandwidth and power-speed efficiencies on figures of merit, it offers significantly high values with respect to the reported state-of-the-art works. By employing the composite transistor in a linear regulator powered by a 3.3 V supply to generate a 1.8 V output voltage, it has shown fast recovery response at various load current transients, having a 1% settling time of 0.1 µS for a 50 mA or 100 mA step, while a 1% settling time of 0.36 µS for a maximum 735 mA step under a capacitive load of 10 µF with a 1 Ω ESR resistor. The simulated load regulation is 0.035% and line regulation is 0.488%. Comparing its results with other state-of-art LDO reported results, it also validates the significant enhanced performance of the proposed composite-transistor-based design in terms of speed, current driving capability and stability against changes in environmental parameters. All the proposed designs are simulated using chartered semiconductor (CSM) 1.8 V/3.3 V 0.18 µm CMOS triple-well process technology with thin/thick oxide options and BSIM3 model parameters.