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This paper presents a new transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for 2.5 Gbit/s optical communications realized in a standard 90 nm CMOS process. The proposed TIA is based on a conventional structure with an inverting voltage amplifier and a feedback resistor, but incorporates a new technique to enhance the input dynamic range and to prevent the TIA saturation at high input currents. Post-layout results show an optical sensitivity of -30 dBm for a BER=10-12 and a maximum input current of 1 mApp, what leads to an optical power dynamic range above 27 dB. The power consumption of the TIA is only 4.3 mW at a single supply voltage of 1 V.
Date of Conference: 24-27 May 2009