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The benefits of differential circuits

Introduction From my personal blog: I’ve been lucky enough to find myself in a team that’s intent on finding the best circuit design for a given application. This doesn’t happen often to many people, but I feel that I’ve had more than my share of this opportunity. The conclusion is usually that we come up […]

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Supply voltage, current, RF impedance, and CMOS scaling

Consider the circuit below: Let’s say that you’ve designed the circuit with a supply voltage (VDD) of 2.4 V. It’s performing very well. You meet exactly the specified linearity and noise requirements, and are within the desired current limits. The power dissipated across the PMOS and NMOS devices which dictate SNR are: PMOS: IDP×VDSATP = […]

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Fundamentals of Analog/RF design: Noise, Signal, Power

Analog design does not scale the way digital design does. Namely, as process shrinks, one does not immediately benefit by having reduced power consumption for the same performance. I will show in this post the main constraint involved in analog/RF design: that to maintain a given SNR, a certain amount of power must be consumed […]

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