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A CMOS Low-Dropout Regulator With Current-Mode Feedback Buffer Amplifier

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2 Author(s)
Wonseok Oh ; RFMD Inc., Chandler ; Bertan Bakkaloglu

Current feedback amplifiers (CFAs) provide fast response and high slew rate with Class-AB operation. Fast response, low-dropout regulators (LDRs) are critical for supply regulation of deep-submicron analog baseband and RF system-on-chip designs. An LDR with an CFA-based second stage driving the regulation field-effect transistor is presented. The low dropout (LDO) achieves an output noise spectral density of 67.7 nV radicHz, and PSR of 38 dB, both at 100 kHz. In comparison to an equivalent power consumption voltage feedback buffer LDO, the proposed CFA-based LDO settles 60% faster, achieving 0.6- settling time for a 25-mA load step. The LDO with CFA buffer is designed and fabricated on a 0.25- CMOS process with five layers of metal, occupying 0.23- silicon area.

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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 10 )