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  1. jutek

    jutek Guest


    i'm trying to design a low voltage buffer. i use the circuit as linked here

    low voltage operation is great. for vdd=1.3V it works very good. the
    opamp works in a unity buffer configuration and has 0.1-1V output swing.
    with 10uA biasing it has enough driving capabilities for me.

    the problem is it doesn't want to work so good for vdd=3.3V. Output
    swing is quite low 1V-2.5V.

    How to redesign it to have wide output swing also for vdd=3.3V ?

    I'd like the out to be about 0.2V - 3.1V

    In my design the vdd is variable and changes from 1.3 to 3.3V

    Any ideas help or links wanted

  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jutek,

    Does it absoluetly have to be a CMOS process? How about bipolar? Check
    the LM10. That thing runs from just above 1V to 40V supply.

    Regards, Joerg
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I think it's homework, so it has to be CMOS ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  4. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,
    Even then, if it doesn't make sense and there is a much better
    alternative to some leaky CMOS design I'd make a strong point about
    that. After all, engineers should be trained to have good ideas, spot
    bottlenecks, figure out alternatives and not blindly follow some
    prescribed recipe.

    I did that a few times. The first time was a bit scary because the
    assistant prof didn't want to have anything of it. So, I had to make my
    case in front of the academic director (2nd in command after the lead
    prof) sitting behind a plume of smoke from his pipe. What a relief when
    he finally said "Ahm, well, ...., I think you are right". The really
    nice thing was that he then asked me whether I'd like to work there.

    Regards, Joerg
  5. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Your bias is showing ;-) To do rail-rail I/O CMOS is best.
    My famous case was an exam question that had to do with solving the
    "trajectory" of an oscillator during start-up.

    As originally graded, I was 100% wrong and everyone else had partial

    I went to instructor Jim Melcher (MIT graduate student then, later to
    become full professor and then EE Dean) and explained it to him.

    He did an "aw-shit", and everyone else was marked wrong and I got full

    I was not popular ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  6. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Jim,
    He didn't say RR. You should be able to get to within his 200mV with
    bipolar. Of course, CMOS has a much easier time to do that. But to make
    that work from 1.3V to 3.3V for VDD will be a stretch if you want any
    kind of performance.
    Had a similar one, telling the academians that it ain't true that RF
    transmitters must have a source impedance equal to the antenna or coax
    Z. Basically I told them that if that were so they'd hear all the fire
    engines rushing to the Deutsche Welle station in the next town right now
    because it would be on fire. A few days later I followed that up with
    the data sheet of a 'real' AM transmitter, pointing out its efficiency
    of over 80%. "Hmmm...., oh drat".

    But they didn't re-grade anyone (except me).

    Regards, Joerg
  7. jutek

    jutek Guest

    it's not a homework but it has to be CMOS
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