Shunt Feedback and Other Nifty Circuits

Shunt Feedback and Other Nifty Circuits

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Up to now, all the circuits the author has talked about have used series feedback, where the local feedback element is in series with both the input and output currents. In this chapter, the author looks at shunt feedback, where some of the output voltages are sampled and shunted back to the input. This is the technique used by almost all op-amp circuits. However, since the same technique can be applied successfully to high-frequency circuits, the authors need to investigate this important concept. Moreover, there is another important circuit that does not fit well into the other categories. This is a circuit made up of three transistors that produces the equivalent of a single transistor. This composite circuit has a higher equivalent ft and twice the β of the devices making up the circuit. Because it can be used almost anywhere a single transistor can be used, it is an extremely useful circuit - especially handy when designing integrated circuits, because it is easy to add transistors to an integrated circuit. This circuit provides almost the same bandwidth-improvement factor as series peaking. But because series peaking requires inductors, the composite circuit is much easier to implement on an integrated circuit.

Chapter Contents:

  • 5.1 Overview
  • 5.2 Composite Circuit
  • 5.3 Shunt Feedback
  • 5.4 High-Frequency Performance
  • 5.5 Some Examples
  • 5.6 Driving High Capacitance Loads
  • 5.7 Op-Amps
  • 5.8 NonLinear Effects in Op-Amps and Slew Rate
  • 5.9 Chapter Summary
  • References

Inspec keywords: integrated circuit design; field effect transistors; operational amplifiers; circuit feedback; inductors

Other keywords: series feedback; single transistor; series peaking; composite circuit; local feedback element; op-amp circuits; bandwidth-improvement factor; shunt feedback; three transistors; nifty circuits; inductors; integrated circuit design; high-frequency circuits

Subjects: Semiconductor integrated circuit design, layout, modelling and testing; Amplifiers; Digital circuit design, modelling and testing; Other field effect devices; Inductors and transformers

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