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An OTA gain enhancement technique for low power biomedical applications


The performance requirement of an operational trans-conductance amplifier (OTA) for the high gain and low power neural recording frontend has been addressed in this paper. A novel split differential pair technique is proposed to improve the gain of the OTA without any additional bias current requirements. The design demonstrates a significant performance enhancement when compared to existing techniques, such as gain-boosting and recycling. A qualitative and quantitative treatment is presented to explore the impact of the split ratio on the performance parameters of gain, bandwidth, and linearity. A prototype implemented in TSMC 65 nm CMOS technology achieved 68 dB open loop-gain (13 dB higher than the conventional circuit) and a 17 kHz 3-dB bandwidth. A linearity of − 62 dB has been achieved with 7 mV pk–pk signal at the input. The circuit operates from a 1 V supply and draws 0.6 uA static current. The prototype occupies 3300 um2 silicon area.

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Nagulapalli, Rajasekhar
Hayatleh, Khaled
Barker, Steve
Zourob, Saddam
Yassine, Nabil

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment\School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics


Year of publication: 2018
Date of RADAR deposit: 2018-03-16

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