Operational Transconductance Amplifier With Class-B Slew-Rate Boosting for Fast High-Performance Switched-Capacitor Circuits Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • © 2004-2012 IEEE. In this paper, a technique for slew-rate (SR) boosting suitable for switched-capacitor circuits is proposed. The proposed technique makes use of a class-B auxiliary amplifier that generates a compensating current only when high SR is demanded by large signals. The proposed architecture employs simple circuitry to detect the need for a large output current by employing a highly sensitive pre-amplifier followed by a class-B amplifier. The functionality of the class-B transconductance amplifier is dictated by a predefined hysteresis, and operates in parallel with the main amplifier. The proposed solution demands small static power (under 20% of main amplifier power) due to its class-B nature. The experimental results in a 40-nm CMOS technology show more than 45% reduction in slew time, and a 28% shorter slew time for 1% settling time when used in a typical 4.5 bit/stage block commonly used in pipelined analog-to-digital converters. Compared with the core amplifier, HD3 at 500 MHz reduces by more than 10 dB when the SR boosting circuit is activated.

author list (cited authors)

  • Naderi, M. H., Prakash, S., & Silva-Martinez, J.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • November 2018