Weakly nonlinear behavior of basic analog building blocks

  • Piet Wambacq
  • Willy Sansen
Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 451)


In this chapter we study the nonlinear distortion in some basic analog building blocks both in MOS and bipolar. Distortion in analog circuits that consist of analog building blocks, has been studied already for some particular classes of circuits, such as time-continuous filters [Groen 94, Tsiv 93a, Tsiv 94]. A treatment of these circuits would require a thorough study of those classes of circuits, which is beyond the scope of this book. Instead, we will analyze some small circuits in order to provide the reader some feeling about nonlinear distortion in general. This experience can be helpful in the analysis or design of more complicated circuits such as filters.


Collector Current Nonlinearity Coefficient Harmonic Distortion Base Resistance Differential Pair 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Piet Wambacq
    • 1
  • Willy Sansen
    • 2
  1. 1.IMECLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium

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