Sizing the Intrinsic Gain Stage

  • Paul G. A. JespersEmail author
Part of the Analog Circuits and Signal Processing book series (ACSP)


Sizing methods assessing drain currents and gate widths of a simple circuit are reviewed in this chapter. The circuit, shown in Fig. 1.1, consists of a saturated common source transistor loaded by a capacitor. A constant current source is feeding the drain. The circuit is called currently the ‘Intrinsic Gain Stage’ (I.G.S.), the name ‘intrinsic’ underlining the fact that few parts aside the transistor control the performances of the circuit.

Our objective is to find gate widths and drain currents enabling to achieve a prescribed gain-bandwidth product ω T . We therefore consider the small signal equivalent circuitshown in Fig. 1.2. The input is an open circuit while the output consists of a dependent current source g m v in (where g m represents the transconductance of Q) in parallel with the output conductance g d and the capacitor C.


Drain Current Bipolar Transistor Moderate Inversion Gate Length Gate Width 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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