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Bandwidth Enhancement With Low Group-Delay Variation for a 40-Gb/s Transimpedance Amplifier

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2 Author(s)
Joohwa Kim ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of California, La Jolla, CA, USA ; Buckwalter, J.F.

A 40-Gb/s transimpedance amplifier (TIA) is proposed using multistage inductive-series peaking for low group-delay variation. A transimpedance limit for multistage TIAs is derived, and a bandwidth-enhancement technique using inductive-series π -networks is analyzed. A design method for low group delay constrained to 3-dB bandwidth enhancement is suggested. The TIA is implemented in a 0.13-μm CMOS process and achieves a 3-dB bandwidth of 29 GHz. The transimpedance gain is 50 dB·Ω , and the transimpedance group-delay variation is less than 16 ps over the 3-dB bandwidth. The chip occupies an area of 0.4 mm2, including the pads, and consumes 45.7 mW from a 1.5-V supply. The measured TIA demonstrates a transimpedance figure of merit of 200.7 Ω/pJ.

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Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 8 )