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A CMOS class AB high-drive buffer suitable for driving large capacitive and moderate resistive loads is presented. The buffer, designed using 3-μm technology, occupies only 100 mils/SUP 2/ of area and dissipates 1.5 mW of DC power from a ±2.5-V supply, yet it is capable of driving a 5000-pF capacitor at over 100-kHz clocking frequency. The buffer achieves good slew rate and fast settling by entering into a high-drive state during slewing and returning to a low-power wide-band state during the settling period. Unconditional stability is attained when C/SUB L/≥100 pF and R/SUB L/≥10 kΩ. Total harmonic distortion is below 0.5% for over 70% of the full supply range.
Date of Publication: Jun 1986