A systematic design methodology for high-performance gain-boosted opamps (GBOs) is presented. The methodology allows the optimization of the GBO in terms of ac response and settling performance and is incorporated into an automatic computer-aided design (CAD) tool, called GBOPCAD. Analytic equations and heuristics are first used by GBOPCAD to obtain a sizing solution close to the global optimum. Then, simulated annealings are used by GBOPCAD to find the global optimum. A sample opamp is designed by this tool in a 0.6- m CMOS process. It achieves a dc gain of 80 dB, a unity-gain bandwidth of 836 MHz with 60 phase margin and a 0.0244% settling time of 5 ns. The sample/hold front-end of a 12-bit 50-MSample/s analog–digital converter was implemented with this opamp. It achieves a signal-to-noise ratio of 81.9 dB for a 8.1-MHz input signal.