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An improved frequency compensation technique for CMOS operational amplifiers

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The commonly used two-stage CMOS operational amplifier suffers from two basic performance limitations due to the RC compensation network around the second gain stage. First, it provides stable operation for only a limited range of capacitive loads, and second, the power supply rejection shows severe degradation above the open-loop pole frequency. The technique described provides stable operation for a much larger range of capacitive loads, as well as much improved V/SUB BB/ power supply rejection over very wide bandwidths for the same basic operational amplifier circuit. The author presents a mathematical analysis of this new technique in terms of its frequency and noise characteristics followed by its implementation in all n-well CMOS process. Experimental results show 70-dB negative power supply rejection at 100 kHz and an input noise density of 58 nV/(Hz)/SUP 1/2/ at 1 kHz.

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IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 6 )