Design of low-power fast VCSEL drivers for high-density links in 90-nm SOI CMOS

@article{Sialm2006DesignOL,
  title={Design of low-power fast VCSEL drivers for high-density links in 90-nm SOI CMOS},
  author={G. Sialm and Christian Kromer and Frank Ellinger and Thomas Morf and Daniel Erni and Heinz Jackel},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques},
  year={2006},
  volume={54},
  pages={65-73}
}
The continuous decrease of the supply voltage to 1 V and below in CMOS makes the design of laser drivers a challenging task. Hence, a detailed comparison of three basic driver architectures, namely, common source (CS), CS with source degeneration, and source follower (SF) is presented using transistor models including short channel effects. Based on this comparison, two power-optimized driver topologies are implemented in a 90-nm silicon-on-insulator CMOS technology. The SF driver features a… CONTINUE READING

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