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10-MHz 60-dB dynamic-range 6-dB variable gain amplifier

Authors Leung, Leonard Hon Yan
Issue Date 1996
Summary This thesis describes a CMOS l0-MHz Variable Gain Amplifier (VGA) with 60-dB dynamic-range. The gain is continuously tunable over a 6-dB range, with a minimum gain of unity and a maximum gain of two. Continuous gain tuning is accomplished by a novel method of interpolating between 10 taps of a feedback resistor, respectively connected to a fully-differential multi-input-stage operational amplifier. Measured results with a l0-MHz input show THD below -60-dB with a 4-Vpp differential output signal. Third-order intermodulation distortion, for two equal amplitude tones at 9.5-MHz and 10.5-MHz, remains below -59.17-dBc over all gain settings. The circuit has been fabricated in a 0.8μm CMOS process (Hewlett Packard CMOS26G), occupies an area of 0.6 x l-mm2 and dissipates 50-mW. The VGA is applicable to l0-bit resolution video systems and digital broadband communication signal- conditioning front-end circuitry.
Note Thesis (M.Phil.)--Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 1996
Language English
Format Thesis
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