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30-100 MHz npn-only variable-gain class AB companding-based filters for 1.2 V applications

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3 Author(s)
El-Gamal, M.N. ; McGill Univ., Montreal, Que., Canada ; Baki, R.A. ; Bar-Dor, A.

Companding can be used to maintain reasonable dynamic range (DR) in integrated analog signal processors where the allowable voltage swings are limited by the low-voltage supply requirements of modern low-power applications. The input signal is compressed before being processed, which ensures signal integrity over a large range of signal levels. At the output, the signal is expanded to restore its dynamic range. This results in a higher output signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) compared to conventional analog signal processors. Unlike the latter, the higher SNR does not come at the expense of increased power dissipation or chip area for a given bandwidth. The dynamic range of low-voltage companding analog circuits can be significantly extended using class AB current mode based signal processors.

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Solid-State Circuits Conference, 2000. Digest of Technical Papers. ISSCC. 2000 IEEE International

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9-9 Feb. 2000