This paper is concerned with the dynamic range of continuous time CMOS current mode circuits. As a representative current mode device a class AB current conveyor is examined. First, the voltage input range of the high impedance Y input is investigated. Next, the current input range of the low impedance X input is investigated. It is compared to the thermal noise in the X to Z signal path in order to evaluate the dynamic range, and the dependencies of the dynamic range on the supply voltage and the transistor lay-out is derived, both for the situation where the conveyor is used over a narrow frequency band and for the situation where the conveyor is used over the full bandwidth achievable. Finally, the optimisation of the current input range is related to the distortion characteristics and it is pointed out that to a first order approximation the distortion is independent of the current range.
|Title of host publication||Proc. IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, vol. 2|
|Place of Publication||Piscataway|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|Event||1999 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems - Orlando, FL, United States|
Duration: 30 May 1999 → 2 Jun 1999
|Conference||1999 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems|
|Period||30/05/1999 → 02/06/1999|