Current-input current-output CMOS logarithmic amplifier based on translinear Ohm's law

C. Huang, S. Chakrabartty

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State-of-the-art logarithmic amplifiers use a transimpedance technique based on the exponential dependence between input current and output voltage as exhibited by p-n junction diodes, bipolar transistors and MOS transistors in the subthreshold region. Presented is a CMOS current-input current-output logarithmic amplifier based on a translinear Ohm's law principle which involves a floating voltage source and a passive resistor embedded within a translinear loop. It is demonstrated that the input-output range of the proposed logarithmic amplifier can be controlled using a reference bias and the response of the amplifier can be temperature compensated using a PTAT and a resistive cancellation technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-434
Number of pages2
JournalElectronics Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 31 2011


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