Jan 01, 1997

A -100 dB THD, 120dB SNR programmable gain amplifier in a 3.3 V, 0.5 µm
E.Compagne, G.Martel, P.Senn


A fully differential amplifier that operates from a 3.3V±10% power-supply and featuring a – 100dB THD at 2Vpp output voltage was realized. Equivalent input noise in the 100Hz – 10kHz audio-band is 4tVrms, leading to a 120dB SNR. This amplifier is used as the core of a programmable gain cell in the front-end part of a A AID converter. The good linearity performances are achieved thanks to a novel low impedance output stage which uses a simple but efficient schematic allowing rail to rail operation on a resistive and capacitive load. Such low distortion performances actually surpasses most available test equipment and the last section explains how to deal with that fact. The technological process is 0.5tm double poly CMOS from the « centre commun »…

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