A Low-Power, High-Gain Amplifier with Rail-to-Rail Operating Capability: Applications to Biomedical Signal Processing
Applications to Biomedical Signal Processing
Keywords:Body-driven, Low-power, Sub-threshold,, Low-voltage, Folded Cascade Structure
low-voltage, low-power, rail-to-rail, two-stage trans-conductance amplifier is presented. The structure exploits body-driven transistors, configured in folded-cascode structure. To reduce the power consumption, the transistors are biased in the subthreshold region. The Specter RF simulation results which are conducted in TSMC 180nm CMOS standard process proves the well-performance of the proposed structure. The performance of the proposed structure against process variations is checked through process corners and Monte Carlo simulations. The results prove the robustness of the proposed amplifier against process uncertainties. Some important specifications of the design derived from circuit simulations are 93.36 dB small-signal gain, 14.4 PV2/Hz input referred noise power, 26.5 kHz unity gain frequency, 20 V/ms slew rate. The proposed structure draws 260 nW power from 0.5 V power supply and is loaded with a 15 pF loading capacitor. The input common mode range of structure is from 0 to 0.5 V.
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