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In this paper, a digital fractional-order differentiator (FOD) is designed by using fractional sample delay. To improve the design accuracy of conventional fractional differencing and Tustin design methods at high frequency regions, the integer delay is replaced by fractional sample delay. By using the well-documented finite-impulse-response Lagrange, infinite impulse response allpass, and Farrow fractional delay filters, the proposed FOD can be implemented easily even though the fractional sample delay is introduced. Several design examples are illustrated to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.