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Chapter 7

Q. 7.11

For the circuit of Fig. 7.29, calculate the input-referred noise voltage.

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\begin{aligned} \overline{V_{n, i n}^2} &=\frac{\overline{V_{n, o u t}^2}}{A_v^2} &(7.45)   \\ &=\left(4 k T \gamma g_m+\frac{K}{C_{o x} W L} \cdot \frac{1}{f} \cdot g_m^2+\frac{4 k T}{R_D}\right) R_D^2 \frac{1}{g_m^2 R_D^2} &(7.46) \\ &=4 k T \frac{\gamma}{g_m}+\frac{K}{C_{o x} W L} \cdot \frac{1}{f}+\frac{4 k T}{g_m^2 R_D}&(7.47) \end{aligned}

Note that the first term in (7.47) can be viewed as the thermal noise of a resistor equal to γ/(g_m) placed in series with the gate. Similarly, the third term corresponds to the noise of a resistor equal to \left(g_m^2 R_D\right)^{-1} . We sometimes say the “equivalent thermal noise resistance” of a circuit is equal to R_T , meaning that the total input-referred thermal noise of the circuit in unit bandwidth is equal to 4kT R_T .

Why does \overline{V_{n, i n}^2} decrease as R_D increases? This is because the noise voltage due to R_D at the output is proportional to \sqrt{R_D} while the voltage gain of the circuit is proportional to R_D.