CMOS Comparators

  • Rafael Domínguez-Castro
  • Manuel Delgado-Restituto
  • Angel Rodríguez-Vázquez
  • José M. de la Rosa
  • Fernando Medeiro


Comparators are used to detect whether an analog signal x +(t) is larger or smaller than other x (t) †2, and to codify the outcome in digital domain as follows,
$$y=\left \{ \begin{matrix} 1_{\textup{D}}\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\textup{for}\;\;\;\;\;x_{+}(t)>x_{-}(t) \ 0_{\textup{D}}\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\textup{for}\;\;\;\;\;x_{+}(t)<x_{-}(t) \end{matrix} \right.$$
where y is the output signal, 0 D represents the logic zero and 1 D is the logic one. Ideal comparators should be capable to detect arbitrarily small differences between the input signals. However, in practice, these differences must be larger than a characteristic resolution parameter ξ for proper detection. For a given comparator circuit, the value of this resolution parameter changes depending upon the operating conditions. If the temporal window allocated for comparison is long enough, ξ takes an absolute minimum value which is inherent in the comparator device and which defines its maximum accuracy. As the temporal window shrinks, the value of ξ increases above its absolute minimum value and, hence, the comparator accuracy worsens. It highlights a trade-off between accuracy and speed of operation; the larger the speed the smaller the accuracy. As in any other analog circuit this trade-off is also influenced by power consumption and area occupation.


Static Resolution Static Gain Stable Equilibrium Point Differential Input Reset Phase 
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  • Rafael Domínguez-Castro
  • Manuel Delgado-Restituto
  • Angel Rodríguez-Vázquez
  • José M. de la Rosa
  • Fernando Medeiro

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