45% power saving in a 0.25μm BiCMOS 10Gb/s 50Ω-terminated packaged active-load laser driver

E. Ayranci, K. Christensen, Pietro Andreani

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A 0.25μm BiCMOS laser driver based on active loads allows operation at 10Gb/s while drawing 5mA from a 1.8V supply. The design guarantees the correct matching of the driver outputs without the use of physical 50Ω load resistors. This enables a theoretical current consumption reduction of 50% (45% in the actual prototype) compared to the traditional laser-driver design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, 2007. ISSCC 2007. Digest of Technical Papers.
Publication date2007
ISBN (Print)1-4244-0852-0
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 11 Feb 200715 Feb 2007


Conference2007 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Internet address

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  • low-power electronics
  • BiCMOS integrated circuits
  • driver circuits
  • microwave circuits
  • resistors


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