Design of a CMOS Highly Linear Front-end IC with Auto Gain Controller for a Magnetic Field Transceiver
This paper describes a low-voltage and low-power
channel selection analog front end with continuous-time low pass
filters and highly linear programmable gain amplifier (PGA). The
filters were realized as balanced Gm-C biquadratic filters to achieve a
low current consumption. High linearity and a constant wide
bandwidth are achieved by using a new transconductance (Gm) cell.
The PGA has a voltage gain varying from 0 to 65dB, while
maintaining a constant bandwidth. A filter tuning circuit that requires
an accurate time base but no external components is presented.
With a 1-Vrms differential input and output, the filter achieves
-85dB THD and a 78dB signal-to-noise ratio. Both the filter and PGA
were implemented in a 0.18um 1P6M n-well CMOS process. They
consume 3.2mW from a 1.8V power supply and occupy an area of
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