Design of a 20MHz Transimpedance Low-pass Filter with an Adapted 3rd Order Inverse Chebyshev Response
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In Multi-Standard receivers, multiple radios co-exist in close proximity. A desired signal can be accompanied by significantly stronger out-of band interferers or blockers, which can severely degrade a receiver's sensitivity through gain compression of the blocks in the receiver chain. This work presents a new Transimpedance Amplifier (TIA) low-pass filter architecture which seeks to solve the out-of-band blocker problem of the existing architectures. A higher order filtering is embedded within the TIA in the form of an active feedback to provide more attenuation to out-of-band blockers. The active feedback circuitry feeds back an equivalent amount of current to the input node to cancel out incoming out-of-band blockers while maintaining an acceptable voltage swing at the output of the TIA. The proposed TIA filter has a channel bandwidth of 20MHz, and can processes interferers of +/- 10mA fully differential without saturating the opamps. The maximum single ended voltage swing at all the nodes is +/- 200mV. All the circuits were designed in IBM 180nm CMOS process with a supply voltage of 1.8V.
Boakye, Emmanuel (2012). Design of a 20MHz Transimpedance Low-pass Filter with an Adapted 3rd Order Inverse Chebyshev Response. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from