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CMOS low-distortion high-frequency variable-gain amplifier

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1 Author(s)
Rijns, J.J.F. ; Philips Res. Lab., Eindhoven, Netherlands

The overall system performance of mixed-signal CMOS IC's is largely determined by the dynamic performance of the analog front-ends. System features are, in contrast, mainly set by the digital architecture. In order to optimize the dynamic range of the system and to minimize the sensitivity to substrate noise, the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) has to be preceded by a variable-gain amplifier (VGA) and a differential circuit topology for the complete front-end to be adopted. Since most of present-day applications are based on single-sided signal source definitions, the differential-input VGA must be able to perform a single-to-differential signal conversion. This paper describes the principle and design of a differential CMOS low-distortion variable-gain amplifier for high-frequency (video) applications. Experimental results of the circuit show total harmonic distortion figures better than -60 dB and a gain accuracy of 0.05 dB over the -2 to +12 dB gain range for single-sided input signals

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 7 )