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Fully-differential flipped-source-follower low-pass analogue filter in CMOS 28 nm bulk

Fully-differential flipped-source-follower low-pass analogue filter in CMOS 28 nm bulk

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This study presents a novel low-pass continuous-time filter based on the voltage flipped-source-follower (SF). The filter efficiently operates in CMOS 28 nm and improves the SF filters state-of-the-art thanks to a dedicated circuit that operates in fully-differential fashion (instead of the pseudo-differential typically used in state-of-the-art SF filters) with a dedicated Common-Mode-Feedback circuit. Thus this work extends the application of the SF filtering stages to the nm-range technologies where threshold voltage (V TH) is only two times lower than the supply voltage (V DD) for what regards standard-process MOS transistors. In order to validate the design concept, the proposed filter has been designed in CMOS 28 nm technology. Extensive simulation results of a 131 MHz −3 dB frequency proof-of-concept second-order filter are proposed. The device consumes 510 µW power from a single 1 V supply-voltage. In-band integrated noise is 160 µVRMS and IIP3 is 19 dBm for 20 and 21 MHz input tones frequencies. Simulation results lead to 166 J−1 figure-of-merit, outperforming the analogue filter state-of-the-art.

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