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A Subthreshold to Above-Threshold Level Shifter Comprising a Wilson Current Mirror

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2 Author(s)
Lu╠łtkemeier, S. ; Dept. of Syst. & Circuit Technol., Univ. of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany ; Ruckert, U.

In this brief, we propose a novel level shifter circuit that is capable of converting subthreshold to above-threshold signal levels. In contrast to other existing implementations, it does not require a static current flow and can therefore offer considerable static power savings. The circuit has been optimized and simulated in a 90-nm process technology. It operates correctly across process corners for supply voltages from 100 mV to 1 V on the low-voltage side. At the target design voltage of 200 mV, the level shifter has a propagation delay of 18.4 ns and a static power dissipation of 6.6 nW. For a 1-MHz input signal, the total energy per transition is 93.9 fJ. Simulation results are compared to an existing subthreshold to above-threshold level shifter implementation from the paper of Chen et al.

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Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 9 )

Date of Publication:

Sept. 2010

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