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ElectroComponent Science and Technology
Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 263-273

Microwatt Switched Capacitor Circuit Design

Centre Electronique Horloger S.A. Maladière 71, Neuchâtel 7 2000, Switzerland

Received 11 October 1981; Accepted 20 November 1981

Copyright © 1982 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The micropower CMOS implementation of the three basic components of switched capacitor circuits is discussed. Switches must be carefully designed to allow low voltage operation and compensation of clock feed-through by dummy transistors. Matched capacitors can be implemented in single polysilicon technologies primarily designed for digital micropower circuits. Excellent micropower amplifiers are realized by using simple one-stage circuits which take advantage of the special behaviour of MOS transistors in weak inversion. Noise is shown to be independent of current level which only influences the settling time. Various ways of improving the settling time while keeping a very low current drain are described. A method of calculating the noise of a biquadratic filter is followed by examples of a filter and of other switched capacitor circuits.