United States Patent Number: 7,084,705, August 1, 2006. 19 pages. Also available from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Website: http://www.uspto.gov.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Vladimir Prodanov was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
A power device(s) is biased and operates in Class-AB. Crossover distortion is minimized over a broad range of operating conditions, not only for a nominal case. The bias current of a power transistor is automatically adjusted in response to process and temperature variations. Preferably, the adjustment is performed using an error-feedback arrangement. An exemplary ‘rule’ for bias adjustment involves satisfying a proportionality relationship between the small-signal device transconductance at the operating point, and a maximum device transconductance. A dual replica master-slave control architecture is utilized. A self-adapting circuit is provided to change the bias current (or voltage) so that the value is always the optimum value, irrespective of operating temperature and/or process variations. Self-biasing is introduced wherein no manual adjustment is necessary. A stable amplifier is formed having great robustness to process and temperature variations.
Electrical and Computer Engineering