Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2015

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Degang Chen

Abstract

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%.

Copyright Owner

Jiaming Liu

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

62 pages

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