A breakdown voltage doubler for high voltage swing drivers

  title={A breakdown voltage doubler for high voltage swing drivers},
  author={Sam Mandegaran and Ali Hajimiri},
  journal={Proceedings of the IEEE 2004 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (IEEE Cat. No.04CH37571)},
A novel breakdown voltage (BV) doubler is introduced that makes it possible to generate high output voltage swings using transistors with low breakdown voltages. The timing analysis of the stage is used to optimize its dynamic response. A 10 Gb/s optical modulator driver with a differential output voltage swing of 8 V on a 50 /spl Omega/ load was implemented in a SiGe BiCMOS process. It uses the BV-doubler topology to achieve output swings twice the collector-emitter breakdown voltage without… CONTINUE READING


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