A Robust Feedforward Compensation Scheme for Multistage Operational Transconductance Amplifiers with No Miller Capacitors Academic Article uri icon


  • A multistage operational transconductance amplifier with a feedforward compensation scheme which does not use Miller capacitors is introduced. The compensation scheme uses the positive phase shift of left-half-plane (LHP) zeroes caused by the feedforward path to cancel the negative phase shift of poles to achieve a good phase margin. A two-stage path increases further the low frequency gain while a feedforward single-stage amplifier makes the circuit faster. The amplifier bandwidth is not compromised by the absence of the traditional pole-splitting effect of Miller compensation, resulting in a high-gain wide-band amplifier. The capacitors of a capacitive amplifier using the proposed techniques can be varied more than a decade without significant settling time degradation. Experimental results for a prototype fabricated in AMI 0.5-μm CMOS process show dc gain of around 90 dB and a 1% settling time of 15 ns for a load capacitor of 12 pF. The power supply used is ±1.25 V.

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  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Thandri, B. K., & Silva-Martínez, J.

citation count

  • 156

publication date

  • February 2003