In this assignment you will be designing and simulating a two stage amplifier as
shown in Fig. 1. You also have to choose the sizes of the transistors. As a
starting point, you could choose the width and length of all the transistors to be
60 µm and 30 µm respectively. Assume Vdd = 3V and the maximum load
connected to the output is 1pF.
1. Use DC analysis to determine the gain of the amplifier. Remember for DC
analysis, set Vin- to 1.5V and then sweep Vin+ from 0 to 3V. Repeat this for bias
current Ib values of 1nA ,10nA, 100nA, 1μA. The value of the capacitor C
should not affect the DC analysis [10 point].
2. Using the amplifier create a voltage follower (buffer) as shown in Fig. 1 (right).
Apply a 100μV step input (1.4995V – 1.5005V) (see Fig. 1(right)) and then
plot the step response corresponding to the output of the amplifier. Estimate
the settling time τ of the buffer (time for the output to stabilize to 90% of its
steady-state value – see Fig. 1) and the voltage overshoot if any. Repeat this
experiment for capacitance C values of 0pF, 0.1pF, 1pF and bias current
values Ib 1nA ,10nA, 100nA, 1μA [10 points].
3. Explain your observations based on the poles and zeros of the amplifier and
choose a topology that gives a gain > 70dB, phase margin > 55 degrees and
bandwidth > 10KHz [20 points].