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A compact low-power supply-insensitive CMOS current reference

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3 Author(s)
Chen Zhao ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA, USA ; Geiger, R. ; Degang Chen

A simple low-power current reference using dual-threshold MOS transistors is introduced. The area required for this reference is small and the sensitivity of the output current to the supply voltage is low. Simulation results show that an implementation of this current reference in a TSMC 0.18um CMOS process with a 1.8V power supply is constant to within ±1.25% over the temperature range of -10°C to 100°C. In this implementation, the active area is 86 μm2, the power dissipation is 72μW, and the worst process corner nonlinearity due to temperature variations is bounded by ±4.16%.

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Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2012 IEEE International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

20-23 May 2012