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Chapter 16

Q. 16.4

Objective: Determine the change in the high output voltage of an NMOS inverter with enhancement load, taking the body effect into account.

Consider the NMOS inverter with enhancement load in Figure 16.9(a). The transistor parameters are V_{T N DO} = V_{T N LO} = 0.5  V and K_{D}/K_{L} = 16. Assume the inverter is biased at V_{DD} = 2.5  V, assume the body effect coefficient is γ = 0.5  V^{1/2} , and let \phi_{f p} = 0.365  V.

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When v_{I} \lt V_{T N DO} , the driver is cut off and the output goes high. From Equation (16.14(b)), the maximum output voltage is
v_{O,max} = V_{O H} = V_{DD}  −  V_{T N L}
where V_{T N L} is given by
V_{T N L} = V_{T N LO} + γ \left[\sqrt{2 \phi_{f p}  +  V_{SB}}  −  \sqrt{2\phi_{f p}} \right]

From Figure 16.9(a), we see that V_{SB} = v_{O} . Therefore, Equation (16.14(b)) can be written as
v_{O,max} = V_{DD}  − \left\{V_{T N LO} + γ \left[ \sqrt{2\phi_{f p}  +  v_{O,max}}  −  \sqrt{2\phi_{f p}} \right] \right\}

Defining v_{O,max} ≡ V_{O H} , we have
V_{O H}  −  2.427 = −0.5 \sqrt{0.73 + V_{O H}}
Squaring both sides and rearranging terms yields
V^{2}_{O H}  −  5.1044 V_{O H} + 5.7088 = 0
Consequently, the maximum output voltage, or the logic 1 level, is
V_{O H} = 1.655  V
Comment: Neglecting the body effect, the logic 1 output level is
V_{O H} = V_{DD}  −  V_{T N LO} = 2.5  −  0.5 = 2.0  V
The body effect, then, can significantly influence the logic high state of the NMOS inverter with enhancement load. These results also impact the inverter noise margins.
The source and body terminals of the depletion load device in the NMOS inverter shown in Figure 16.9(b) are not at the same potential when the output goes high. However, when the driver is cut off, the drain-to-source voltage of the depletion device must be zero in order that v_{O,max} = V_{O H} = V_{DD} .

Computer Simulation: A computer analysis of the inverters in Figure 16.9 was performed, neglecting the body effect and taking the body effect into account. The parameters are V_{DD} = 5  V, V_{T N DO} = 0.8  V for the driver transistors, V_{T N LO} = 0.8  V for the saturated load transistor, and V_{T N LO} = −2  V for the depletion load transistor.

The body effect coefficient was assumed to be γ = 0.9  V^{1/2} .
The body effect changes the voltage transfer characteristics of both the enhancement load and depletion load inverters. Figure 16.10(a) shows the voltage transfer characteristics for the enhancement load inverter. For v_{I} = 0, the output voltage is 3.15 V when the body effect is taken into account. This compares to 4.2 V when the body effect is neglected.
Figure 16.10(b) shows the voltage transfer characteristics for the depletion load inverter. The output voltage is 5 V in the high state, which is independent of the body effect. However, the characteristics during the transition region are a function of the body effect.

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