Selection of the common-mode feedback network connection of fully differential Gm-C filters

Selection of the common-mode feedback network connection of fully differential Gm-C filters

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It is well known that fully differential (FD) structures have many advantages over their single-ended counterparts. However, the main disadvantage of FD circuit is the potential instability caused by the inherent common-mode (CM) positive feedback loop. To solve such an instability problem, extra common-mode feedback (CMFB) and/or common-mode feedforward (CMFF) circuitries are often incorporated to stabilise the circuits. We present a systematic method for checking the stability condition and identifying the most suitable CMFB network connection for a particular FD Gm-C filter. It has been demonstrated that the CMFB network connection that provides highest CM rejection is not necessarily the conventional arrangement commonly used in FD Gm-C design.


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