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This paper presents the successful design of a CMOS operational amplifier with enhanced immunity to electromagnetic interferences. Thanks to its strongly symmetrical topology, the amplifier exhibits an intrinsic robustness to interferences arising from a wide class of sources. Such a scheme, for the first time in the authors' knowledge, proves the effectiveness of symmetrical topologies to minimize the effects of electromagnetic interferences in operational amplifiers. The amplifier architecture is based on 2 identical stages: 2 fully differential source cross-coupled amplifiers with active loads. The circuit was fabricated in a 0.8 μm n-well CMOS technology (AMS CYE process). Experimental results, in terms of EMI immunity, are presented and compared with a commercial amplifier. They show a low susceptibility to EMI conveyed both to the input and the power pins. The EMI effects on the proposed amplifier are reduced by more than one order of magnitude, compared to a commercial amplifier. Furthermore the amplifier overall measured performances are provided along with the corresponding simulation results.
Date of Publication: Sept. 2003