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Robust Multiple-Valued Current-Mode Circuit Components Based on Adaptive Reference-Voltage Control

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2 Author(s)
Onizawa, N. ; Res. Inst. of Electr. Commun., Tohoku Univ., Sendai ; Hanyu, T.

Power-supply/temperature-variation-aware circuit components, such as a current source and a comparator, based on adaptive reference-voltage control are proposed for robust multiple-valued current-mode (MVCM) circuits.Since the reference-voltage level generated by the proposed reference-voltage generator is changed in proportion to the power supply, the gate-source voltage VGS of PMOS transistor at the current source becomes almost constant against the power-supply variation, which results in realization of the power-supply-tolerant current source. The use of programming the gate size at the proposed reference-voltage generator makes the logical threshold voltage at the comparator changed in accordance with the input-voltage variation due to the power-supply/temperature variation, which results in correctly recognition of the multi-level current signal. As a design example of the MVCM circuits, a seven-level current-signal detector including the current source is demonstrated under a 90 nm CMOS technology. As a result, the proposed circuit is correctly operated in the operation range 1.0 V to 1.4 V of the power supply under 25degC plusmn 50degC variation of the temperature.

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Multiple-Valued Logic, 2009. ISMVL '09. 39th International Symposium on

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21-23 May 2009