Drain current saturates in about 4
(100 mV)+Current source/sink from almost rail-to-rail+Facilitates low-voltage operation–MOS resistors have a small linear range
Subthreshold Conduction:Why Bother?
Current levels are extremely low (pA – nA)+Extremely low power dissipation (pW – nW)–Circuits have a limited bandwidth (
100 kHz)Transconductance per unit current is max+Amplifiers have maximum gain+Reduced node voltage swings+Facilitates low-voltage operation–
mismatch is more pronouncedExponential current/voltage characteristics+
useful computational primitive+High dynamic range in currents