Date of Award
Master of Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Resolving stability issue is one of the major challenges in designing a perfect op-amp, the most widely used analog circuit block. Many compensation techniques have been proposed to improve the stability performance of op amps, but virtually all these techniques were developed for continuous-time applications and subsequently applied to discrete-time applications (e.g., switched-capacitor circuits). Since the early 1980s, an increasing number of op-amps have been used in switched-capacitor circuits with no special compensation method applied. Consequently, there remains a need to explore the possibility of designing a unique compensation method specifically for switched-capacitor use.
A new switched-compensation technique (SCT) is proposed for switched-capacitor circuit applications in which high speed is a critical index of performance. In general, designers must deal with trade-offs among accuracy, speed, and power dissipation. SCT avoids traditional approaches of designing high-speed, high-gain operational amplifiers that are in many cases technology-limited. Instead, it modifies the switched-capacitor circuit structure to use the under-damped response of the system, usually regarded as a drawback. SCT is introduced as a novel solution for achieving fast settling performance and lower quiescent power dissipation while guaranteeing almost equivalent accuracy. SCT can be easily implemented in flip-around switched-capacitor amplifier circuits. This paper explains SCT principle and implementation applied to multiplying-digital-to-analog converters (MDACs) as a proof of concept. Simulation results based on an IBM 0.13um CMOS process are presented. Compared with a conventional switched-capacitor amplifier, a SCT-based implementation reduces the quiescent power consumption by half and settling time within 1% error by 60%.
Liu, Jiaming, "Switched-compensation technique in switched-capacitor circuits for achieving fast settling performance" (2015). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 14544.