10–13.6 Gbit/s 0.18 µm CMOS modulator drivers with 8 VPP differential output swing

10–13.6 Gbit/s 0.18 µm CMOS modulator drivers with 8 VPP differential output swing

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A novel intrinsic drain-gate capacitance (CDG) feedback network is incorporated into the conventional cascode circuit configuration to implement a 10–13.6 Gbit/s modulator driver. The driver fabricated in 0.18 µm CMOS process could generate an 8 VPP differential output swing. The power consumption is as low as 0.6 W. The present work shows that the driving capability is greater than the currently reported CMOS drivers.


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