Conference Paper

An Ultra Low-Noise CMOS Operational Amplifier with Programmable Noise-Power Trade-Off

Inst. of Nanoelectron., Hamburg Univ. of Technol.
DOI: 10.1109/ESSCIR.2006.307607 Conference: Solid-State Circuits Conference, 2006. ESSCIRC 2006. Proceedings of the 32nd European
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A programmable operational amplifier (OpAmp) concerning noise and power consumption is described. Key design issues for achieving programmability of a preselected OpAmp architecture are discussed. Experimental results for a 0.35 mum CMOS OpAmp show either ultra low noise of 2 nV/radicHz or low power consumption of 140 muW. The OpAmp remains stable over the whole range of programmability

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    • "These measurements have been performed on a noise measurement setup with a detection noise floor of 0.6 nV/ √ Hz @ 1 kHz, available at LAAS facilities. Fig. 11 is taken from [3] "
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    • "The OpAmp has been realised as a proof of concept in a 0.35 µm CMOS technology. For keeping things simple, we chose this time to omit the chopper modulation, which was contained in the original circuit for elimination of 1/f-noise [3]. "
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    ABSTRACT: The problem of variable phase margin of our programmable operational amplifier (OpAmp), which was presented at ESSCIRC 2006, has been solved. The OpAmp is programmable concerning noise and power consumption, while the phase margin is kept at an approximately constant value of 68deg for the whole range of programmability. Experimental results for a 0.35 mum CMOS OpAmp show either low noise of 3.6 nV/radicHz or low power consumption of 59 muW, and a phase margin variation of only Deltaphi<sub>res</sub> = 6deg.
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    • "The proposed novel architecture is shown in Fig. 4. It consists of three identical operational amplifiers [2], [5] and differs from commonly used instrumentation amplifier concepts in subtracting the DC-offset using the input V DC [3]. The idea of this architecture is to subtract the DC-offset of the electrodes from the input signal V EL . "
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