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Precise CMOS current sample/hold circuits using differential clock feedthrough attenuation techniques

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3 Author(s)
Chung-Yu Wu, Ph.D. ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Nat. Chiao Tung Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan ; Chih-Cheng Chen ; Jyh-Jer Cho

New CMOS current sample/hold (CSH) circuits capable of overcoming the accuracy limitations in conventional circuits without significantly reducing operating speed are proposed and analyzed. A novel differential clock feedthrough attenuation (DCFA) technique is developed to attenuate the signal-dependent clock feedthrough errors. Unlike conventional techniques, the DCFA circuit allows the use of dynamic mirror techniques, and results in no additional finite output resistance errors or device mismatch errors. The test chip of the proposed fully differential CSH circuit with multiple outputs has been fabricated in 1.2-μm CMOS technology. Using a single 5-V power supply, experimental results show that the signal-dependent clock feedthrough error current is less than ±0.4 μA for the input currents from -550 μA to 550 μA. The acquisition time for a 900-μA step transition to 0.1% settling accuracy is 150 ns. For a 410-μAp-p input at 250 MHz with the fabricated fully-differential CSH circuit clocked at 4 MHz, a total harmonic distortion of -60 dB, and a signal-to-noise ratio of 79 dB have been obtained. The active chip area and power consumption of the fabricated CSH circuit are 0.64 mm2 and 20 mW, respectively. Both simulation and experimental results have successfully verified the functions and performance of the proposed CSH circuits

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 1 )