Abstract

This thesis demonstrates that the composite cascode differential stage, operating in the subthreshold region, can form the basis of a high gain (113 dB) and low-power op amp (28.1 µW). The circuit can be fabricated without adding a compensation capacitance. The advantages of this architecture include high voltage gain, low bandwidth, low harmonic distortion, low quiescent current and power, and small chip area. These advantages suggest that this design might be well-suited for biomedical applications where low power, low noise bio-signal amplifiers capable of amplifying signals in the millihertz-to-kilohertz range is required.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rights

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Date Submitted

2011-03-15

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd4303

Keywords

high gain, low power, low noise, low distortion, composite cascode stage, subthreshold operation, strong inversion, moderate inversion, weak inversion operation, amplifier

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