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Effective date : Year of fee payment : 4. A discrete low-noise amplifier designed to operate in a mobile wireless environment uses two cascaded GaAs FETs to achieve 25 dB gain and 0. Active bias control circuitry responsive to monitored amplifier output power automatically and continuously adjusts the drain-source currents, and the load lines, of the cascaded FETs to i maintain power consumption at 33 milliwatts in nominal small-signal conditions, and to ii provide an elevated input third-order intermodulation intercept point IP3 and a reduced noise figure during the presence of jamming.

A 15 dB improvement in the input IP3 is achieved in large-signal operation. Amplifier operation is supported by an a. Field of the Invention. The present invention generally concerns amplifier design and amplifier operation, particularly for wireless cellular radio communications applications where occasional jamming is prevalent. The present invention particularly concerns the realization by both design and operation of a Low Noise Amplifiers LNA simultaneously improved in i dynamic range and ii overall power consumption, these seemingly contradictory requirements being satisfied by optimizing power consumption in the LNA in consideration of its instant operating environment.

The present invention further particularly concerns an ungrounded power detector that is both fast and sensitive to detect the output power of, for example, a LNA. With the explosive growth of wireless communications, the airwaves are rapidly being filled with signals of varying strengths and frequencies. Immunity to jamming has subsequently become a significant concern to any communication system.

This is especially true for a mobile communication system, such as a cellular phone, as it is difficult to predict the jamming environment the system will be exposed to. At the same time, the need for portability, and thus long battery life, requires the system to consume as little power as possible.

In a typical wireless system, filtering before the low-noise amplifier can reject most jammers. However, a high rejection ratio incurs high insertion loss—a direct contributor of receiver sensitivity degradation. In addition, many close-in jammers are impossible to block given the size and cost restrictions of a mobile system. A number of different jammers including frequency modulation radio, television, navigational beacons, and microwave ovens will typically be detected by an omni-directional 2.

The low-noise amplifier, therefore, must have a large dynamic range: namely, a low noise figure and low intermodulation distortion. See S. To meet these demands, the LNAs often consume the most power in a receiver; tradeoffs are usually required to balance dynamic range versus power consumption. Power detector circuits are many and various, and are not commonly identified as requiring improvement.

The low noise amplifier circuit of the present invention will show, however, that it is useful but not necessary to detect instantaneous amplifier output power, or equivalently voltage into load , with two orders of magnitude i.

To this end the present invention will be found to encompass a power detection circuit that is particularly characterized in that the power is not detected relative to ground, ergo an un-grounded power detection circuit. When a signal in which power is detected need not be sunk to, nor referenced relative to, ground, then it becomes possible to detect variations in the signal with much greater sensitivity.

The present invention contemplates a Low Noise Amplifier LNA that circumvents the compromise between i dynamic range and ii power consumption by optimizing power consumption for the operating environment. The LNA of the present invention exhibits a high dynamic range when it is near or in compression, but low power consumption when it is in small-signal operation where a large dynamic range is not necessary. Furthermore, the dynamic range of the amplifier is extended: jamming may be countenanced without such distortion as would otherwise occur.

The present invention further contemplates an un-grounded a. This un-grounded power detection circuit will prove useful, even if not absolutely essential, in an s-band low-noise amplifier that is, in accordance with the present invention, improved for both power consumption and dynamic range, especially as both are required in a mobile environment.

In one of its aspects the present invention is embodied in a method of operating an amplifier where the amplifier—or, more exactly, the transistor components of the amplifier—has an load line. The amplifier is operated so as to emulate the property of a class AB amplifier where increasing amplifier input current raises the d.

The amplifier is so operated nonetheless that it will never enter into class AB operation and will always operate in class A. The method of operating an amplifier always in class A nonetheless to producing more output current from more input current includes two steps: 1 The amplified output of the class A amplifier is monitored; and, in response to detecting an increase in the amplifier output, 2 the load line of the amplifier is dynamically biasing to a higher d.

The purpose of so operating a class A amplifier is demonstrated when the amplifier is used, inter alia, as an initial low-noise radio signal amplifier in a wireless communication system. In this environment an increase in amplifier output signal is indicative of a presence of a strong jammer component in the amplifier input signal.

Moving the load line of the amplifier will cause the amplifier to draw more current, beneficially decreasing a noise figure while increasing gain of the amplifier.

The amplifier will ultimately be caused to reach a new steady state with higher power and improved linearity. This improved response comes, of course, at the cost of increased power consumption,. Conversely, if no increase in amplifier output signal is detected then this is indicative that no strong jammer component is present within the amplifier input signal.

In such a case neither the d. In another of its aspects, the present invention can be considered to be embodied in an amplifier of improved dynamic range. The amplifier includes at least one Field Effect Transistor FET receiving at its gate an input signal from an external source, and amplifying this input signal in accordance with its drain-source bias voltage V DS to produce at its drain an amplified output signal. A power detector circuit monitors the amplified output signal to produce a detected-power voltage signal V DD.

A dynamic bias control circuit compares the detected-power signal V DD to the drain-source bias voltage V DS so as to vary a gate-to-source voltage bias V GS of the input signal, actively moving a load line of the FET so as to cause the FET to consume more power when the amplified output signal becomes large.

The amplified output signal typically so becomes large because of a presence of a strong jammer component of the input signal. In this eventuality moving the load line of the at least one FET will cause the FET to draw more current, beneficially decreasing noise figure while increasing gain.

Ultimately the amplifier of which the at least one FET forms a part to reach a new steady state with higher power and improved linearity. However, when no strong jammer component of the input signal is present, and when the amplified output signal is correspondingly not large, then the FET, and the amplifier of which it forms a part, will remain biased in an operational condition where power is conserved. Accordingly, the self-adjusting bias of the at least one FET results in both i improved power consumption and ii improved dynamic range in an environment where exists occasional strong jammer signals.

The dynamic bias control circuit preferably consists of two operational amplifiers each varying a gate-to-source voltage bias V GS of an associated FET. The power detector circuit preferably consists of a resistor R, and a first diode D 1 series connected to form a diode-limited resistive divider.

This diode-limited resistive divider is preferably temperature compensated by a second diode D 2 , making that the power detector circuit of which it forms a part is also temperature compensated. In yet another of its aspects, the present invention can be considered to be embodied in a low-noise amplifier LNA improved for having an elevated third-order input intercept point IP3 and reduced noise figure during jamming. The LNA includes i at least one active device amplifying in accordance with a bias signal an input signal received from an external source so as to produce an amplified output signal, ii a power detector monitoring the amplified output signal to produce a detected-power signal, and iii a dynamic bias control circuit responsive to any difference between the detected power signal and the bias signal to increase the bias signal.

This increase in the bias signal actively moves a load line of the at least one active device so as to cause this device to consume more power when the amplified output signal is large.

By this operation, when the amplified output signal is large because of a presence of jamming then the moved load line of the at least one active device will cause the active device to draw more current, decreasing noise figure while increasing gain. The amplifier of which the at least one active device forms a part will be caused to reach a new steady state with higher power and improved linearity. The power detector, the dynamic bias control circuit and the at least one active device preferably function in concert so that when no jamming is present then, at nominal small-signal conditions, the at least one active device will be biased to consume less power, conserving power in the amplifier of which it forms a part.

In still yet another of its aspects, the present invention can be considered to be embodied in a method of low-noise amplification that is improved for i conserving power during nominal small-signal conditions, and also for ii increasing amplification gain, and reducing amplification noise figure, during input signal jamming, making less likely any loss of data.

The method consists of amplifying in at least one active device—and in accordance with a bias signal—an input signal received from an external source so as to produce an amplified output signal. This amplified output signal is monitored in a power detector to produce a detected-power signal. Responsively to any difference between this detected power signal and the bias signal, the bias signal of the of at least one active device is adjusted in a dynamic bias control circuit so as to actively move a load line of this at least one active device.

This movement of the load line causes this at least one active device to consume more power when the amplified output signal is large. Accordingly, when the amplified output signal is large because of the presence of jamming as in the cellular radio environment the moved load line of the at least one active device will cause the active device to draw more current, decreasing noise figure while increasing gain.

The amplifying will reach a new steady state with higher power and improved linearity. However, when no jamming is present then, at nominal small-signal conditions, the at least one active device will be biased by the adjusting so as to consume less power, conserving power. The previous explanations of the present invention, including that of the immediately previous section 4.

Emphasizing distortion, as opposed to power, reduction, it is therefore possible to perceive of the low-noise amplification method in accordance with the present invention as constituting four steps. An input signal received from an external source is amplified, in at least one active device and in accordance with a bias signal, so as to produce an amplified output signal.

This amplified power signal is monitored in a power detector to produce a detected-power signal. This detected-power signal is compared with the bias signal to produce a difference signal. Finally, the bias signal of the at least one active device is adjusted, in and by a dynamic bias control circuit responsively to the difference signal, so as to i actively move a load line of this at least one active device until ii the difference signal becomes zero.

At this time such distortion as might otherwise have appeared in the amplified output signal will be minimized. This is because the moved load line will permit that a larger input may be handled by the amplifier without distortion. More exactly, when the amplified output signal is large because of a presence of a jamming signal then the moved load line of the at least one active device will permit that i a larger input resulting from combination of the jamming signal with the input signal will be amplified ii without such distortion as would otherwise occur in amplification of these combined signals should the load line have not been moved.

It will therefore be understood by a practitioner of amplifier design and amplifier operation that moving the load line in response to operational conditions benefits both the amplifier distortion and noise figure, and also the power consumption. In yet another of its aspects the present invention is embodied in a circuit for detecting a peak power of an a. The circuit includes a resistive voltage divider, located between a voltage source and ground, that produces a reference voltage signal.

A diode is connecting at its cathode to both the a. Meanwhile an envelope detector is connected both to the anode of the diode and to the reference voltage. The output of the detector circuit appears across this envelope detector. Circuit operation is such that the detector circuit output is equal to the reference voltage when the a. When the a. The power detector circuit is notable in that power is detected without direct reference to ground.

Instead, power is detected relative to a reference voltage, and across a single diode. Signal propagation across the diode is very fast, on the order of nanoseconds. Therefore the power detector circuit has a very fast response time. Because i the power within the a. This combination of speed and sensitivity is useful in realizing the improved low-noise amplifiers of the present invention.

These and other aspects and attributes of the present invention will become increasingly clear upon reference to the following drawings and accompanying specification. The LNA is particularly useful in a cellular, mobile, wireless radio communications system where jamming is occasionally experienced. To avoid fatal interference from these jamming signals a low-noise amplifier must have a large dynamic range: namely, a low noise figure and low intermodulation distortion.

To meet these demands, LNAs often consume the most power in a receiver; tradeoffs are usually required to balance dynamic range versus power consumption. For input RF power significantly below the compression point, linearity is not a concern as the intermodulation distortion products created by the LNA are negligible. Power consumption and noise figure are the primary considerations. As the input power rises, the intermodulation products increase rapidly.

Hence, it is desirable for the LNA's intermodulation intercepts, such as the third-order intercept point IP3 , to increase as the input power increases. Since linearity generally improves with increasing dc power, improving IP3 on a given device would require higher power consumption.


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Effective date : Year of fee payment : 4. A discrete low-noise amplifier designed to operate in a mobile wireless environment uses two cascaded GaAs FETs to achieve 25 dB gain and 0. Active bias control circuitry responsive to monitored amplifier output power automatically and continuously adjusts the drain-source currents, and the load lines, of the cascaded FETs to i maintain power consumption at 33 milliwatts in nominal small-signal conditions, and to ii provide an elevated input third-order intermodulation intercept point IP3 and a reduced noise figure during the presence of jamming. A 15 dB improvement in the input IP3 is achieved in large-signal operation.

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Common source mosfet amplifier


It is an electronic device which is used to increase the strength of the signal. Strength means power. These are used in an electronic circuit to pass the AC signal and blocks the unwanted DC components. Coupling capacitors are essential components in amplifier circuits. In most amplifier circuits, this is achieved by driving the signal to the base terminal of a transistor through a coupling capacitor. Start Learning English Hindi. This question was previously asked in. Limiting the bandwidth Matching the impedance Preventing the DC mixing with input or output Matching the output. Concept: Amplifier It is an electronic device which is used to increase the strength of the signal.

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jfet amplifier conclusion transition

Cascode is a technique implied to improve the performance of the analog circuits. The same technique can be applied to transistors and the vacuum tubes to make the circuit better performance-wise. The discussion was about to propose a method to replace the pentode by cascoding two triodes. In cascoding, two transistors are used either BJTs or FETs such that one configuration acts as an input stage whose output is provided as input to the output collecting configuration.

The class A and class B amplifier so far discussed has got few limitations.

Characteristics of JFETS


If we asked most people about the purpose of the basilar membrane, we might receive answers ranging from something that protects a boat hull from leaking to something about strange lights in the night sky. In all seriousness though, the basilar membrane --in partnership with the cochlea and tiny hair cells--allows all of us--and all our fellow vertebrates--to hear or perceive sound. With one end stiff and narrow and other end wider and flexible, the basilar membrane becomes stimulated by sine waves. Each wave travels from the stiff, narrow end to the wider, flexible end, increases in amplitude, and then decreases in amplitude. As the vibrations vary in frequency, high frequencies produce peaks near the narrow end and low frequencies peak toward the wide end.

Difference between BJT and JFET

A MOSFET is either a core or integrated circuit where it is designed and fabricated in a single chip because the device is available in very small sizes. Let us go with a detailed explanation of this concept. In general, The body of the MOSFET is in connection with the source terminal thus forming a three-terminal device such as a field-effect transistor. And the general structure of this device is as below :. The charge carriers enter into the channel through the source terminal and exit via the drain. The width of the channel is controlled by the voltage on an electrode which is called the gate and it is located in between the source and the drain. It is insulated from the channel near an extremely thin layer of metal oxide. The MOS capacity that exists in the device is the crucial section where the entire operation is across this.

Transistor 2 to N, Degenerated Common Gate transistors. Conclusion. This loop comprises the transition from the simplest form of.

Sample and Hold Circuit

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When in an amplifier circuit only one transistor is used for amplifying a weak signal, the circuit is known as single stage amplifier. However, a practical amplifier consists of a number of single stage amplifiers and hence a complex circuit.

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It is so because the operation of BJT is dependent on injection and collection of minority charge carriers that includes both electrons and holes. As against JFET is majority carrier device, thus termed as unipolar. We will discuss some other major differences between BJT and JFET but before proceeding further have a look at the contents to be discussed under this article. BJT is the short form used for bipolar junction transistor. It is a 3 terminal device that is used for switching or amplification purpose.

In this tutorial, we will learn about Sample and Hold Circuits. They are a critical part of Analog to Digital Converters and help in accurate conversion of analog signals to digital signals. We will see a simple sample and hold circuit, its working, different types of circuit implementations and some of the important performance parameters. After this, the sampled value is hold until the arrival of next input signal to be sampled.




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