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Open Access Differential AC Boosting Compensation for Power-Efficient Multistage Amplifiers

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In this paper, a new architecture of four-stage CMOS operational transconductance amplifier (OTA) based on an alternative differential AC boosting compensation called DACBC is proposed. The presented structure removes feedforward and boosts feedback paths of compensation network simultaneously. Moreover, the presented circuit uses a fairly small compensation capacitor in the order of 1 pF, which makes the circuit very compact regarding enhanced several small-signal and largesignal characteristics. The proposed circuit along with several state-of-the-art schemes from the literature have been extensively analysed and compared together. The simulation results show with the same capacitive load and power dissipation the unity-gain frequency (UGF) can be improved over 60 times than conventional nested Miller compensation. The results of the presented OTA with 15 pF capacitive load demonstrated 65° phase margin, 18.88 MHz as UGF and DC gain of 115 dB with power dissipation of 462 μW from 1.8 V.

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Keywords: CMOS OPERATIONAL TRANSCONDUCTANCE AMPLIFIER (OTA); DIFFERENTIAL AC BOOSTING; FREQUENCY COMPENSATION; LOW POWER; LOW VOLTAGE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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