A Novel Subthreshold Voltage Reference Featuring 17ppm per °C TC within -40°C to 125°C and 75dB PSRR
Chang, Joseph Sylvester
Date of Issue2015
2015 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Subthreshold voltage references are increasingly prevalent in power-critical applications due to their low-voltage and ultra-low-power attributes. However, the effective temperature range of state-of-the-art subthreshold voltage references remains undesirably narrow for low temperature coefficient (TC) operation and/or their PSRR is low - thereby severely limiting their range of applications. In this paper, we present a novel subthreshold voltage reference embodying a novel paralleled `2-Transistor' structure and a novel auxiliary amplifier. The former serves to facilitate low TC within a wide temperature range, and the latter for high PSRR and low line-sensitivity. The proposed design achieves low TC of 17ppm/°C within a wide effective temperature range of -40°C to 125°C, and high PSRR of 75dB and low line-sensitivity of 0.3%/V with minimum 0.5V supply voltage and 32nW power consumption. Both the TC and PSRR parameters are, at this juncture, the best performance compared to reported subthreshold voltage references, but with a slight power penalty.
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