Chapter 12
Chapter 12
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Capacitor Circuits
Capacitor Circuits
2
Introduction
Introduction
DiscreteTimeor SampledDataSystems
In many situations, we may sense the input only at periodic instants of time, ignoring its
value at other times
The circuit processes each sample, producing a valid output at the end of each
period
In this lecture, we study a common class of discretetime systems called switched
capacitor (SC) circuits
Our objective is to provide the foundation for more advanced topics such as filters,
comparators, ADCs, and DACs
Most of our study deals with switchedcapacitor amplifiers but the concepts can be applied
to other discretetime circuits as well
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General Considerations
General Considerations
ContinuousTime Feedback Amplifier
By the equivalent circuit, we have
Thus
Compared to the case whereR
out
=0
the closeloop gain suffers frominaccuracies
in both the numerator and the denominator
The input resistance of the amplifier, approximately
equal to R
1
, loads the preceding stage while introducing
thermal noise
out
in out
out in
in out
v
V
R R
V V
R V
R R
V V
R A =
+
+
+
2 1 2 1
1
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
R
R
A
R
R
R
R
A
R
R
V
V
v
out
out
v
in
out
+ + +
=
Equivalent circuit
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General Considerations
General Considerations
ContinuousTime Feedback Amplifier Using Capacitors
Such an arrangement of the circuit is indeed practical
if the circuit senses only highfrequency signals
A large feedback R
F
is used to bias node X
The step response contains a step change due to the
initial amplification by the circuit consisting of C
1
, C
2
,
and the op amp, followed by a tailresulting fromthe
loss of charge on C
2
through R
F
The circuit is not suited to amplify wideband signals
because it exhibits a highpass transfer function
indicating that V
out
/V
in
C
1
/C
2
only if >> (R
F
C
2
)
1
The difficulty can be remedied by increasing R
F
C
2
But in many applications the required values of the
two components become prohibitivelylarge
1
) (
2
1
+
s C R
s C R
s
V
V
F
F
in
out
Using R
F
to define bias point
Step response
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General Considerations
General Considerations
SwitchedCapacitor Amplifier
Charge conservation equations Q=CV
Sampling mode
Transfer of charge from C
1
to C
2
Amplification mode
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General Considerations
General Considerations
General View of SwitchedCapacitor Amplifier
Discretetime operations require switches to performsampling as well as a high input
impedance to sense the stored quantities with no corruption
Thus, the existence of simple switches and a high input impedance has made CMOS
technology the dominant choice for sampleddata applications
In the simplest switchcapacitor amplifiers, the operation takes in two phases
sampling and amplification
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
MOSFET as Switches
Simple sampling circuit the switch by a MOS device
Response of different input levels and initial conditions
( )( )
TH DD ox n
on
V V L W C
R
=
/
1
( )( )
TH in DD ox n
on
V V V L W C
R
=
/
1
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Track and Hold Capabilities of a Sampling Circuit
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Maximum Output Level in an NMOS Sampler
Since the gate and drain of M
1
are at the same potential, the transistor is saturated
Thus
implies that as t infinity, V
out
V
DD
V
TH
For V
out
V
in
, the transistor must operate in deep triode region and the upper bound of
V
in
equals V
DD
V
TH
. In practice, V
in
must be quite lower than this value.
( )
2
1
2
1
TH out DD ox n D
out
H
V V V
L
W
C I
dt
dV
C = =
t
H
ox
n
V
TH out DD
t
L
W
C
C
V V V
out
0 0
2
1 1
=
( )
dt
L
W
C
C
V V V
dV
H
ox
n
TH out DD
out
2
1
2
=
TH DD H
ox
n
TH DD out
V V
t
L
W
C
C
V V V
+
=
1
2
1
1
= =
1
1 1
, , ,
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Complementary Switch
Distortion generated if complementary switches do not turn off simultaneously
Simple circuit generating complementary clocks
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Channel Charge Injection
Charge injection when a switch turns off
Assuming V
in
V
out
, the total charge in the inversion layer is
Q
ch
= WLC
ox
(V
DD
V
in
V
TH
)
When the switch turns off, Q
ch
exits through the source and
drain terminals, a phenomenon called channel charge injection
Effect of charge injection
For example, if half of Q
ch
is injected onto C
H
the resulting error equals
The error is directly proportional to WLC
ox
and inversely proportional to C
H
( )
H
TH in DD ox
C
V V V WLC
V
2
=
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
How Does Charge Injection Affect the Precision
As a worstcase estimate, the entire channel charge is injected onto the sampling
capacitor. The sampled output voltage is
where the phase shift between the input and output is neglected
Two effects
A nonunity gain equal to (1 + WLC
ox
)/C
H
A constant offset voltage WLC
ox
(V
DD
V
TH
)/C
H
Input/output characteristic
( )
( )
TH DD
H
ox
H
ox
in
H
TH in DD ox
in out
V V
C
WLC
C
WLC
V
C
V V V WLC
V V
+ =
1
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Body Effect
Since andV
SB
V
in
, we have
It follows that the nonlinear dependence of V
TH
upon V
in
introduces nonlinearity in the
input/output characteristic
In summary, charge injection contributes three types of errors in MOS sampling circuits
gain error
dc offsets
Nonlinearity
In many applications, the first two can be tolerated or corrected whereas the last cannot
( )
B SB B TH TH
V V V 2 2
0
+ + =
( )
( )
B TH DD
H
ox
in B
H
ox
H
ox
in
B in B TH in DD
H
ox
in out
V V
C
WLC
V
C
WLC
C
WLC
V
V V V V
C
WLC
V V
2 2 1
2 2
0
0
+ + +
+ =
+ + =
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Channel Charge Injection
It is instructive to consider the speedprecision tradeoff resulting fromcharge injection
Representing the speed by a simple time constant and the precision by the error V due
to charge injection, we define a figure of merit as F = ( V)
1
The tradeoff is independent of the switch width and the sampling capacitor
2
L
F
n
=
( )( )
( )
TH in DD
H
ox
H
TH in DD ox n
H on
V V V
C
WLC
V
C
V V V L W C
C R
=
= =
/
1
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Clock Feedthrough
Assuming the overlap capacitance is constant, we express the error as
where C
ov
is the overlap capacitance per unit width
The error V is independent of the input level
manifesting itself as a constant offset in the input/output characteristic
As with charge injection, clock feedthrough leads to a tradeoff between speed and
precision as well
H ov
ov
CK
C WC
WC
V V
+
=
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
kT/C Noise
The onresistance of the switch introduces thermal noise at the output
when the switch turns off, this noise is stored on the capacitor along with the instantaneous
value of the input voltage
The rms voltage of the sampled noise is approximately equal to
The problemof kT/C noise limits the performance in many highprecision applications
In order to achieve a low noise, the sampling capacitor must be sufficiently large, thus
loading other circuits and degrading the speed
C kT /
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Charge Injection Cancellation
Addition of dummy device to reduce charge injection and clock feedthrough
A dummyswitch, M
2
, driven by is added to the circuit
such that after M
1
turns off and M
2
turns on, the channel charge deposited by the former onC
H
is absorbed by the latter to create a channel
Suppose half of the channel charge of M
1
is injected onto C
H
, i.e.,
Since q
2
= W
2
L
2
C
ox
(V
CK
V
in
V
TH2
), if we choose
W
2
= 0.5W
1
and L
2
= L
1
, then q
2
= q
1
Unfortunately, the assumption of equal splitting of charge
between source and drain is generally invalid, making this
approach less attractive
CK
( )
1
1 1
1
2
TH in CK
ox
V V V
C L W
q =
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Clock Feedthrough Suppression by Dummy Switch
Withthe choice W
2
= 0.5W
1
and L
2
= L
1
, the effect of clock feedthrough is suppressed
The total charge in V
out
is zero because
0
2
2
2
2 1
2
2 1
1
=
+ +
+
+ +
ov H ov
ov
CK
ov H ov
ov
CK
C W C C W
C W
V
C W C C W
C W
V
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Use of Complementary Switches to Reduce Charge Injection
The approach to lowering the effect of charge injection incorporates both PMOS and
NMOS devices
such that the opposite charge packets injected by the two cancel each other
For q
1
to cancel q
2
, we must have W
1
L
1
C
ox
(V
CK
V
in
V
THN
) = W
2
L
2
C
ox
(V
in
V
THP
)
Thus, the cancellation occurs for only one input level
Even for clock feedthrough, the circuit does not provide complete cancellation
because the gatedrain overlap capacitance of NFETs is not equal to that of PFETs
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Sampling Switches
Sampling Switches
Differential Sampling Circuit
The charge injection as a commonmode disturbance
Writingq
1
= WLC
ox
(V
CK
V
in1
V
TH1
) and q
2
= WLC
ox
(V
CK
V
in2
V
TH2
)
we recognize that q
1
= q
2
only if V
in1
= V
in2
The overall error is not suppressed for differential signals
The differential technique both removes the constant offset and lowers the nonlinear
component
Since for V
in1
= V
in2
, q
1
q
2
= 0, the characteristic
exhibits no offset
Also, the nonlinearity of body effect appears in
both squareroot terms of (A), leading to only
oddorder distortion
( ) ( ) [ ]
( ) [ ]
1 2 1 2
1 2 1 2 2 1
2 2
in F in F in in ox
TH TH in in ox
V V V V WLC
V V V V WLC q q
+ + + =
+ =
 (A)
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Simple Capacitor Structure
The top plateis realized by a polysilicon layer and the bottom plateby a heavily doped
n+ region
The dielectric is the thin oxide layer used in MOS device
An important concern in using this structure is the parasitic capacitance between each
plate and the substrate
In particular, the bottom plate suffers fromsubstantial junction capacitance to the
underlying p region typically about 10 ~ 20%of the oxide capacitance
Parasitic capacitance to the substrate
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
UnityGain Buffer
UnityGain Sampler
for continuoustime application
for discretetime application
The inputindependent charge injected by S
1
onto C
H
limit the accuracy
In sampling mode
In amplification mode
S
2
turns off slightly
before S
1
does
independent of the input level
because node X is a virtual ground
q
2
=WLC
ox
(V
CK
V
TH
V
X
)
Although body effect makes V
TH
a
function of V
X
, q
2
is relatively
constant (offset) because V
X
is quite
independent of V
in
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Operation of UnitGain Sampler in Slow Motion
The effect of the charge injected by S
1
Assuming the total charge at node X is zero
C
X
V
X
(V
out
V
X
)C
H
=0, andV
X
=V
out
/A
v1
(C
X
+C
H
)V
out
/A
v1
V
out
C
H
=0, i.e., V
out
=0
This result is independent of q
1
, capacitor
values, or the gain of the op amp
thereby revealing that the charge injection by S
1
introduces no error if S
2
turns off first
finite op amp input capacitance
Transition of circuit to amplification mode
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Operation of UnitGain Sampler in Slow Motion
The effect of the charge injected by S
3
In order to turn on, S
3
must establish an inversion layer at its oxide interface
However, after the feedback circuit has settled, the charge on C
H
equal V
0
C
H
,
unaffected by S
3
. The channel charge of this switch is therefore entirely supplied by
the op amp, introducing no error
Generation of proper clock edges for unitygain sampler
With proper timing, the charge injected by S
1
and S
3
is unimportant
The channel charge of S
2
results in a constant offset voltage
We must ensure S
1
turns off after S
2
does
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Differential Realization of UnityGain Sampler
The charge injected by S
2
and S
2
appears as a commonmode disturbance at nodes X
and Y
In reality, S
2
and S
2
exhibit a finite charge injection mismatch
an issue resolved by adding another switch, S
eq
, that turns off slightly after S
2
and S
2
(and before S
1
and S
1
)
thereby equalizing the charge at nodes X and Y
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Precision Consideration
Equivalent circuit for accuracy calculations
In amplification mode
The circuit suffers froma gain error of approximately(C
in
/C
H
+1)/A
v1
, suggesting that
the input capacitance must be minimized even if speed is not critical
If C
in
/C
H
<< 1, then V
out
V
0
/(1+A
v1
1
)
To increase A
v1
, we may choose a large width for the input transistors of the op amp,
but at the cost of higher input capacitance
An optimumdevice size must therefore yield minimum gain error rather than maximumA
v1
sampling mode amplification mode
V
X
=0, Q
CH
=C
H
V
0
, Q
Cin
=0 V
X
0, Q
CH
=C
H
V
0
+C
in
V
X
, Q
Cin
0
X
H
X in H
out
V
C
V C V C
V =
+
0
1 v
out
X
A
V
V =
+ +
= 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
1
0
H
in
v
H
in
v
out
C
C
A
V
C
C
A
V
V
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Speed Consideration
Unitygain sampler in sampling mode
(I
X
G
m
V
X
)R
0
+I
X
R
on2
=V
X
Since typically R
on2
<< R
0
and G
m
R
0
>>1, we have R
X
1/G
m
For example, in a telescopic op amp employing differential to singleended conversion
G
m
equals the transconductance of each input transistor
The time constant in the sampling mode is equal
0
2 0
1 R G
R R
R
m
on
X
+
+
=
H
m
on sam
C
G
R
+ =
1
1
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Speed Consideration
Time response of unitygain sampler in amplification mode
If C
in
is relatively small, we can assume that the voltages across C
L
and C
H
do not change
instantaneously
concluding that if V
out
0 and V
C
H
V
0
, then V
X
= V
0
at the beginning of the
amplification mode
The input difference sensed by the op amp initially jumps to a large value, possibly causing
the op amp to slew
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Speed Consideration
Equivalent circuit of unitygain circuit in amplification mode
We represent the charge on C
H
by an explicit series voltage source, V
S
, that goes from
zero to V
0
at t = t
0
while C
H
carries no charge itself
s = 0,
where A
v1
=G
m
R
0
G
m
R
0
C
H
>> C
H
and C
in
The response is characterized by a time constant equal to
The response is independent of the op amp output resistance
This is because a higher R
0
leads to a greater loop gain, eventually yielding a constant
closeloop speed
If C
in
<< C
L
and C
H
, then
amp
= C
L
/G
m
gain error
( ) s C V V V V G s C
R
V
H out X S X m L out
+ = +
+
0
1
out S X
H
in
X
V V V
s C
s C
V = + +
( )
( )
( )
in H H m L H H in in L
H in m
S
out
C C C R G s C C C C C C R
C s C G
R s
V
V
+ + + + +
+
=
0 0
0
( )
+ 1
1
1
1 H
in
v in
out
C
C
A
s
V
V
( )
( )
( )
H m L H H in in L
H in m
S
out
C G s C C C C C C
C s C G
s
V
V
+ + +
+
=
H m
L H H in in L
amp
C G
C C C C C C + +
=
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Speed Consideration
Unitygain sampler during slewing
The tail current of the op amps input differential pair is steered to one side and its
mirror current charges the capacitance seen at the output
Since M
2
is off during slewing
C
in
is negligible and the slew rate is approximately equal to I
SS
/C
L
The slewing continues until V
X
is sufficiently close
to the gate voltage of M
1
after which point the settling progresses with
the time constant
H m
L H H in in L
amp
C G
C C C C C C + +
=
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
BottomPlate Sampling
Connection of capacitor to the unitgain sampler
Our foregoing studies reveal that the input capacitance of the op amp degrades both the
speed and the precision of the unitygain sampler/buffer
For this reason, the bottom plate of C
H
is usually driven by the input signal or the
output of the op amp and the top plate is connected to the node X, minimizing the
parasitic capacitance seen from node X to ground
Driving the bottom plate by the input or the output also avoids the injection of substrate
noise of node X
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Noninverting Amplifier
In the sampling mode, S
1
and S
2
are on and S
3
is off, creating a virtual ground at X and
allowing the voltage across C
1
to track the input voltage
At the end of the sampling mode, S
2
turns off first, injecting a const charge, q
2
, onto node
X
Subsequently, S
1
turns off and S
3
turns on
Since V
P
goes from V
in0
to 0, the output voltage changes from 0 to approximately
V
in0
(C
1
/C
2
), providing a voltage gain equal to C
1
/C
2
sampling mode schematic amplification mode
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Noninverting Amplifier
Transition of noninverting amplifier to amplification mode
The noninverting amplifier avoids inputdependent charge injection by proper timing,
turning S
2
off before S
1
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Noninverting Amplifier
Effect of charge injected byS
1
The charge injected by S
1
, q
1
, change the
voltage at node P by approximately V
P
= q
1
/C
1
the output voltage by q
1
/C
2
After S
3
turn on, V
P
drops to zero
Thus, the overall change in V
P
is equal to 0 V
in0
= V
in0
, producing an overall change
in the output equal to V
in0
C
1
/C
2
V
P
goes from a fixed voltage, V
in0
, to another, 0, with an intermediate perturbation due
to S
1
Since the output voltage is measured after node P is connected to ground, the charge injected
by S
1
does not affect the final output
q
1
/C
2
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Noninverting Amplifier
Charge redistribution in noninverting amplifier (another perspective)
The charge on the right plate of C
1
at the instant S
2
turns off is approximately equal to
V
in0
C
1
Also, the total charge at node X must remain constant after S
2
turns off
Thus, when node P is connected to ground and the circuit settles, the voltage across
C
1
Hence its charge are nearly zero, and the charge V
in0
C
1
must reside on the left plate
of C
2
.
In other words, the output voltage is approximately equal to V
in0
C
1
/C
2
regardless of the
intermediate excursions at node P
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Noninverting Amplifier
Effect of input charge after S
2
turns off
From the time S
2
turns off until the time S
1
turns off
the input voltage may change significantly without introducing any error
In other words, the sampling instant is defined by the turnoff of S
2
When S
3
turns on
it requires some channel charge but
since the final value of V
P
is zero, this
charge is unimportant
Neither of these effects introduces error
because the total charge at node X is
conserved and V
P
is eventually set by a
fixed (zero) potential
V
P
is initially and finally determined by fixed voltages
we say node P is drivenor node P switches from a lowimpedance node to another low
impedance node
Here the term lowimpedance distinguishes node P, at which charge is not conserved,
from floatingnodes such as X, where charge is conserved
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Noninverting Amplifier
In summary, proper timing ensures that node X is
perturbed by only the charge injection of S
2
,
making the final value of V
out
free errors due to S
1
and S
3
The constant offset due to S
2
can be suppressed by differential operation
The noninverting amplifier can operate with a relatively high closeloop gain
but it suffers fromspeed and precision degradation due to the low feedback factor
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Precision Consideration
Equivalent circuit of noninverting during amplification
(V
out
V
X
)C
2
s = V
X
C
in
s +(V
X
V
in
)C
1
s and Vout = A
v1
V
X
,
we have
For large A
v1
implying that the amplifier suffers froma gain error of (C
2
+ C
1
+ C
in
)/(C
2
A
v1
)
Note that the gain error increases with the nominal gain C
1
/C
2
With C
H
= C
2
and for a nominal gain of unity, the noninverting amplifier exhibits greater
gain error than does the unitygain sampler (P.30)
1
1 2
2
1
v
in
in
out
A
C C C
C
C
V
V
+ +
+
=
+ +
1 2
1 2
2
1
1
1
v
in
in
out
A C
C C C
C
C
V
V
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Speed Consideration
Equivalent circuit of noninverting amplifier in amplification mode
For a large G
m
R
0
If C
L
= 0, then
amp
= (C
1
+C
in
)/G
m
, a value independent of the feedback capacitor
This because, while a larger C
2
introduces behavior loading at the output, it also
provides a greater feedback factor
( )
out
eq
eq
out in X
V
C C
C
V V V +
+
=
2
( )
2
2
0
1
C C
C C
V V s C
R
V G V
eq
eq
out in L out m X
+
=
+ +
( )
( )
s C C C C C R C C R G C
R s C G
C C
C
C
s
V
V
eq eq L eq m
m
in
eq
in
out
] ) ( [
2 2 0 2 0 2
0 2
1
1
+ + + + +
=
( )
( )
2 0 2 2 0
0 2
1
1
) ( C R G s C C C C C C R
R s C G
C C
C
C
s
V
V
m eq L eq L
m
in
eq
in
out
+ + +
2
2 2
C G
C C C C C C
m
eq L eq L
amp
+ +
=
where =C
1
/(C
1
+C
in
) and C
eq
=C
1
+C
in
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Precision MultiplybyTwo Circuit
The charge injected by S
1
and S
2
and absorbed
by S
4
and S
5
is unimportant
The charge injected by S
3
introduces a constant offset
The offset can be suppressed by differential operation
sampling mode
amplification mode
45
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Capacitor Amplifier
Capacitor Amplifier
Transition of MultiplybyTwo Circuit to Amplification in Slow Motion
In the sampling mode
it establishes a virtual ground at X and
allows the voltage across C
1
and C
2
to track V
in
In the transition to the amplification mode, S
3
turns off first
C
1
is placed around the op amp, and the left plate of C
2
is switched to ground
Since at the moment S
3
turns off, the total charge on C
1
and C
2
equals 2V
in0
C, and
since the voltage across C
2
approaches zero, the final voltage across C
1
and hence
the output voltage are approximately equal to 2V
in0
X
46
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Capacitor Integrator
Capacitor Integrator
ContinuousTime Integrator
If the op amp gain is very large, then
Continuoustime and discretetime resistors
The average current flowing from A to B is equal to the charge moved in one clock
period
We can view the circuit as a resistorequal to
= dt V
RC
V
in
F
out
1
( )
( )
B A CK S
CK
B A S
AB
V V f C
T
V V C
I =
=
CK S
f C
1
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Capacitor Integrator
Capacitor Integrator
DiscreteTime Integrator
The final value of V
out
after every clock cycle is
The inputdependent charge injection of S
1
introduces nonlinearity in the charge
stored on C
1
and hence the output voltage
The nonlinear capacitance at node P resulting from the source/drain junctions of S
1
and S
2
leads to a nonlinear chargetovoltage conversion when C
1
is switched to X
V
in
is constant
[ ] [ ]
2
1
) 1 ( ) 1 ( ) (
C
C
T k V T k V kT V
CK in CK out CK out
=
48
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Capacitor Integrator
Capacitor Integrator
Effect of J unction Capacitance Nonlinearity in SC Integrator
The charge stored on the total junction capacitance, C
j
, is not equal to V
in0
C
j
, but rather
equal to
Since C
j
is a function of voltage, q
cj
exhibits a nonlinear dependence on V
in0
thereby creating a nonlinear component at the output after the charge is transferred to
the integration capacitor
=
0
0
Vin
j cj
dV C q
49
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Capacitor Integrator
Capacitor Integrator
ParasiticInsensitive Integrator
Inthe sampling mode
S
1
and S
3
are on and S
2
and S
4
are off
allowing the voltage across C
1
to track V
in
while the op amp
and C
2
hold the previous value
In the transition of the integration mode
S
3
turns off first, injecting a constant charge onto C
1
S
1
turns off next, and subsequently S
2
and S
4
turn on
The charge stored on C
1
is therefore transferred to C
2
through the virtual ground node
sampling mode
integration mode
50
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Capacitor Common
Capacitor Common


Mode Feedback
Mode Feedback
Simple SC Common Feedback
Equal capacitors C
1
and C
2
reproduce at node X the average of the changes in each
output stage
For example, if V
out1
and V
out2
experience a positive CMchange
then V
X
and hence I
D5
increase
pulling V
out1
and V
out2
down
The output CM level is then equal to V
GS2
plus the voltage across C
1
and C
2
51
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Capacitor Common
Capacitor Common


Mode Feedback
Mode Feedback
Definitionof the voltage across C
1
and C
2
In the sampling (or reset) mode, the voltage (V
X
)
across C
1
and C
2
is defined
During CM level definition, the amplifier differential
input is zero and S
1
is on
Transistors M
6
and M
7
operate as a linear
sense circuit because their gate voltages are
nominally equal
Thus, the circuit settles such that the output CM level is equal to V
GS6,7
+V
GS5
At the end of the sampling mode
S
1
turns off, leaving a voltage equal to V
GS6,7
across C
1
and C
2
In the amplification mode, M
6
and M
7
may experience a large nonlinearity but they do not
impact the performance of the main circuit because S
1
is off
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Capacitor Common
Capacitor Common


Mode Feedback
Mode Feedback
Alternative Topology for Definition of Output CM Level
Inthe reset mode
One plate of C
1
and C
2
is switched to V
CM
while the other is connected to the gate of
M
6
Each capacitor therefore sustains a voltage equal to V
CM
V
GS6
In amplification mode
S
2
and S
3
are on and the others switches off
yielding an output CM level equal to V
CM
V
GS6
+ V
GS5
Proper definition of I
D3
and I
D4
with respect to I
REF
can guarantee that V
GS5
= V
GS6
and
hence the output CM level is equal to V
CM