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Go Moderate

Either Prof. Sansen’s inversion coefficient (IC) approach or Prof. Murmann’s Gm/Id design methodology is telling the same story of power-aware analog design. With the help of Gm/Id design kit, I can easily visualize the transistor performance as a function of its gate-source voltage … Continue reading

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The Calculation of Phase Margin

Negative feedback is ubiquitous, and the discussion on its stability can be found everywhere. For ease of reference, I will put a memo on the equations to calculate the phase margin. The amplifying system may includes multiple poles: . Neglecting higher … Continue reading

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Gm/Id-Design Methodology

Three times of entering a wrong password to access this site… Earlier in 2012, I wrote an introductory post about EKV model and later extended the related topic a little bit in another post – Stay Simple – Square-Law Equation … Continue reading

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Brief Study of Noise-Shaping SAR ADC – Part C

The topic of noise-shaping SAR ADC will come to an end in this post. In Part A, I briefly talked about the concept of noise shaping applied to sigma-delta modulators. In Part B, I introduced one special property of SAR … Continue reading

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Brief Study of Noise-Shaping SAR ADC – Part B

In the previous post, I’ve shared some basics of sigma-delta ADC. In this post, before we look at the noise-shaping SAR ADC, let’s again do a warm-up. The z-domain linear model for a 1st-order sigma-delta modulator: The linear model has … Continue reading

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Brief Study of Noise-Shaping SAR ADC – Part A

Sometimes it is much easier to become a fan of something when you only know something about it. Just like Sigma-Delta ADC, it is so complicated that even though I have learned it for several times I still can’t fully understand it! Nevertheless, I am … Continue reading

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Noise Effect On The Distribution of ADC Output Codes

In the previous post, the probability of comparator decision with the existence of noise was calculated. In this post, the topic about noise and probability will continue. The whole topic is actually inspired by a 1986-paper [1], which discusses noise effect … Continue reading

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