A Fully-Integrated Low-Dropout Regulator With Full-Spectrum Power Supply Rejection

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Yan Lu; Yipeng Wang; Quan Pan; Wing-Hung Ki; C. Patrick Yue

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A fully-integrated low-dropout regulator (LDO) with fast transient response and full spectrum power supply rejection (PSR) is proposed to provide a clean supply for noise-sensitive building blocks in wideband communication systems. With the proposed point-of-load LDO, chip-level high-frequency glitches are well attenuated, consequently the system performance is improved. A tri-loop LDO architecture is proposed and verified in a 65 nm CMOS process. In comparison to other fully-integrated designs, the output pole is set to be the dominant pole, and the internal poles are pushed to higher frequencies with only 50 μA of total quiescent current. For a 1.2 V input voltage and 1 V output voltage, the measured undershoot and overshoot is only 43 mV and 82 mV, respectively, for load transient of 0 μA to 10 mA within edge times of 200 ps. It achieves a transient response time of 1.15 ns and the figure-of-merit (FOM) of 5.74 ps. PSR is measured to be better than -12 dB over the whole spectrum (DC to 20 GHz tested). The prototype chip measures 260×90 μm 2 , including 140 pF of stacked on-chip capacitors.


Y. Lu, Y. Wang, Q. Pan, W. Ki and C. P. Yue, "A Fully-Integrated Low-Dropout Regulator With Full-Spectrum Power Supply Rejection," in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 707-716, March 2015, doi: 10.1109/TCSI.2014.2380644.