# Exact Analysis of a Common-Source MOSFET Amplifier (= v /v

Exact Analysis of a Common-Source MOSFET Amplifier

Consider the common-source MOSFET amplifier driven from signal source

v s

with Thévenin equivalent resistance R

S

and a load consisting of a parallel resistor R

L

and capacitor C

L

as shown below:

V

DD

R

L

+

v

S

_

R

S

i

S

M

1

+

C

L

v

out

_

Calculate the voltage gain,

A

V

(=

v out

/

v s

), for this amplifier.

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v

S

+

_

R

S

i

S

C gs

C gd

+

_

v

gs

g m v

gs

r

O

R

L

+

C

L

_

v out

R

L,eq

= r

O

||

R

L

We can combine the parallel combination of

R

L

and

r o

as indicated.

The branch currents are indicated in the figure on the next slide.

2

v

S

+

_

R

S

i

S

i

S

sC gd

(v

gs

v out

)

C gd

C gs

+

sC gs v

gs

_

v

gs

v out r

O

||

R

L g m v

gs

sC

L v

out

r

O

||

R

L

+

C

L

_

v out

Equating the current through

C gd

to the three shunt currents at the output:

sC gd

v gs

v out

 

v out

L

Now solving for

v g s

:

v gs

m

v out

O L

)

1

1

L

C gd

C gd

r R

L

)

g m

At the input loop:

v

S

S

v gs

3

v

S

+

_

R

S

i

S

i

S

sC gd

(v

gs

v out

)

C gd

C gs

+

sC gs v

gs

_

v

gs

v out r

O

||

R

L g m v

gs

sC

L v

out

r

O

||

R

L

+

C

L

_

v out

Using KCL at the gate node:

i

S

 

gd gs

v out

) and then we can write

v

S

v gs

1

gs

gd S

S out

After a lot of algebra we can write the final expression (on next page).

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v out v

S

1

m O gd

(1

m

s

2

O

L

L

))

(

C gd

s

C gd g m

R

S

(

C gd

C

L

L gs

gd

Now look at the denominator D(s) – We can write in the form,

S O

L

)

L

)

s

1

p

1

1

p

2

s

2

p

1

p

2

 

 

1

s

p

1



 1

s

p

2

So we have two poles which are written on the next page:

p1

and

p2

.

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p

1

C gs

C gd

Miller capacitance term

(1

m O

1

L

))

R

S

(

C gd

p

2

C gs

C gd

(1

(

C gd

m

L

O gs

L

))

gd

R

S

L

(

C gd

S O

L O

L

L

)

O

L

)

L

)

Often we have a “dominant pole” – meaning the other pole is 4 times greater in magnitude than the dominant pole

p1

. Returning to the definition of D(s):

s

1

p

1

1

p

2

s

2

p

1

p

2

 

 

1

s

p

1



 1

s

p

2

s

1

p

1

s

2

p

1

p

2

 where

p

1 is the dominant pole.

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s

p

1

 

 

p s

2

p

2

, where

p

1 is the dominant pole.

j

p2

Because

1

p

1



1

p

2

p1

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DIGRESSION:

If you have a quadratic polynomial of the form:

as

2

+ bs + c = 0

Then the solution can be found from

s

1,2

b

2

2

ac

2

a

You may have two real roots, or you may have a complex conjugate pair of roots of the form s

1,2

=

 

j

 j

|H|

f

Inductance involved

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Miller’s Theorem (from Razavi)

If

A

v is the voltage gain from node 1 to 2, then a floating impedance

Z

F can be converted to two grounded impedances Z

1 and Z

2

:

V

1

V

2

Z

F

V

Z

1

1

Z

1

Z

F

V

1

V

1

V

2

Z

F

1

1

A v

Z

F

2

 

V

2

Z

2

Z

2

 

Z

F

V

2

2

Z

F

1

1

1

A v

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Miller’s Theorem (continued)

Applying Miller’s theorem, we can convert a floating capacitance between the input and output nodes of an amplifier into two grounded capacitances.

The capacitance at the input node is larger than the original floating capacitance.

Z

2

1

Z

F

1

A v

1

1

1

F

A v

j

1

1

1

A v

C

F

Z

1

1

Z

F

A v

1

1

A

F v

j

1

1

F

10

C gs

0

0

C gd

0

Application of Miller’s Theorem - I

Miller’s Theorem

A

V

 

D

Capacitor C in is given by

C in

C

F D

))

C

F

(1

Capacitor C out is given by

C out

C

F

1

1

D

C

F

1

1

D

D

)

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C gs

0

0

C gd

0

Application of Miller’s Theorem - II

Miller’s Theorem

Pole at Input:

in

R

G

1

1

g m

R

D

A

V

 

C

F

D

Pole at Output:

out

R

D



1

1

1

g m

R

D

C

F

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Back to our common-source MOSFET amplifier

v

S

+

_

R

S

i

S

C gs

C gd

+

_

v

gs

g m v

gs

r

O

R

L

+

C

L

_

v out

R

L,eq

= r

O

||

R

L

What is the

midband voltage gain

A

V

?

Set all capacitors to open circuits for midband voltage gain calculation.

R

S

v

S

+

_

+

_

v

gs

g m v

gs

r

O

R

L

+

_

v out

R

L,eq

= r

O

||

R

L

A

V

 

m O L

)

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C in

Applying Miller’s Theorem to CS MOSFET Amplifier

R

S

v

S

+

_

i

S

C in

+

_

v

gs

g m v

gs

r

O

||

R

L

+

v out

C out

_

C gs

C gd

1

m O L

C out

C

L

C gd

1

m

1

O

Now we have only an input loop and an output loop to deal with.

This means we will have an input pole and an output pole to contend with.

L

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Applying Miller’s Theorem to CS MOSFET Amplifier

If the voltage gain is large, the input pole frequency will be lower than the output pole frequency. The input pole is then the dominant pole in this amplifier.

v out v

S v out v

S

1

g m

(1

1

in

in m

)(1

O

O

L

)

L

L

)

O L

)

out out

)

Input pole Output pole

The input pole is given by

s in

C gs

C gd

1

1

m O L

R

S

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Comparing dominant pole terms

from “exact analysis” to that from Miller’s Theorem

From our “exact analysis”:

p

1

C gs

C gd

(1

m O

1

L

))

R

S

(

C gd

From our analysis using Miller’s theorem:

L O L

)

s in

p

1

C gs

C gd

1

1

m O L

R

S

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Putting some numbers to our CS MOSFET Amplifier

in f in

C gs

= 25 fF; C gd

= 5 fF; C

L

= 12 fF r g m

= 2 mA/V ( mmho

)

R

S

= 5,000

; r

O

= 20,000

; R

L

= 5,000

O

||R

L

= 4,000

and A

V

= - g m

(r

O

||R

L

) = - 8

[1 + g m

(r

O

||R

L

) ] = 9

1

C

in

2

gs

C gd

1

1

454 MHz

m O L

R

S

25

fF

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Putting some numbers to our CS MOSFET Amplifier

For the output pole we have

f out

2

C

L

C gd

1

1

m

1

O L

(

r R

L

)

2,266 MHz

Clearly the input pole is dominant at 454 MHz.

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Dominant pole from “exact analysis”

f p

1

2

C gs

C gd

(1

m O

1

L

))

R

S

(

C gd

L O L

)

Compared to the Miller capacitance.

f p

1

2

C gs

C gd

1

1

m O L

R

S

The added term lowers the break frequency from 454 MHz down to 381 MHz.

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NEXT: Open-Circuit Time Constant Analysis

K

1

1

2

2

m n

When the poles and zeros are easily found, then it is relatively easy to determine the dominant pole. But often it is not easy to determine the dominant pole.

The coefficient

b

1

is especially important because

b

1

1

p

1

1

p

2

1

p

3

1

pn

How do we determine the

pi

values? We will consider all capacitors in the overall circuit one at a time.

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Open-Circuit Time Constant Analysis

We consider each capacitor in the overall circuit one at a time by setting every other small capacitor to an open circuit and letting independent voltage sources be short circuits.

The value of

b

1

is computed by summing the individual time constants, called “open-circuit time constants.” and

H b

1

1

b

1

i n

1

1

Time constant = RC

i n

1

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Open-Circuit Time Constant Rules

## •

### For each “small” capacitor in the circuit:

Open-circuit all other “small” capacitors

Short circuit all “big” capacitors

Turn off all independent sources

Replace cap under question with current or voltage source

Find equivalent input impedance seen by capacitor

Form RC time constant

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