Recent Advances on the Design of High-Gain Wideband Operational Transconductance Amplifiers Academic Article uri icon


  • Feed-forward techniques are explored for the design of high-frequency Operational Transconductance Amplifiers (OTAs). For single-stage amplifiers, a recycling folded-cascode OTA presents twice the GBW (197.2MHz versus 106.3MHz) and more than twice the slew rate (231.1V/s versus 99.3V/s) as a conventional folded cascode OTA for the same load, power consumption, and transistor dimensions. It is demonstrated that the efficiency of the recycling folded-cascode is equivalent to that of a telescopic OTA. As for multistage amplifiers, a No-Capacitor Feed-Forward (NCFF) compensation scheme which uses a high-frequency pole-zero doublet to obtain greater than 90dB DC gain, GBW of 325MHz and better than phase margin is discussed. The settling-time- of the NCFF topology can be faster than that of OTAs with Miller compensation. Experimental results for the recycling folded-cascode OTA fabricated in TSMC 0.18m CMOS, and results of the NCFF demonstrate the efficiency and feasibility of the feed-forward schemes.

published proceedings

  • VLSI Design

author list (cited authors)

  • Assaad, R., & Silva-Martinez, J.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Assaad, Rida||Silva-Martinez, Jose

publication date

  • July 2009