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CMOS active inductor linearity improvement using feed-forward current source technique

Chun-, Lee Ler and A'ain, A. and Kordesch, A. V. (2009) CMOS active inductor linearity improvement using feed-forward current source technique. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 57 (8). pp. 1915-1924. ISSN 0018-9480

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMTT.2009.2025426


MOSFET drain current second-order nonlinearity has a significant impact on the linearity of current regulated CMOS active inductors. It tends to compress MOSFET transconductance $(gm) by generating excess dc current (IEX) in the channel, which is a function of incoming input signal amplitude. This generated excess dc current can change the original dc operating point of the current regulated CMOS active inductor, and thus, influence the inductance. Unfortunately, MOSFET drain current second-order nonlinearity contributes more to MOSFET gm compression than MOSFET drain current third-order nonlinearity. In this paper, a new technique known as eed-forward current source (FFCS) has been proposed to improve the linearity of the active inductor. The proposed FFCS technique makes use of the second-order nonlinear property of a MOSFET that generates IEX when an input ac signal is applied. The generated IEX is then fed-forward to the current source of the active inductor to drain out the IEX in the active inductor. This prevents the dc operating point from shifting and improves its inductance linearity. Single-ended and differential active inductors with the proposed FFCS circuit have been fabricated using Silterra's CMOS 0.18-µm technology to verify the proposed technique.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:active inductors, CMOS integrated circuits, gyrators, linearity
Subjects:T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions:Electrical Engineering
ID Code:13261
Deposited By: Zalinda Shuratman
Deposited On:29 Jul 2011 01:46
Last Modified:29 Jul 2011 01:46

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