An Analog-Assisted Tri-Loop Digital Low-Dropout Regulator
Huang, Mo; Lu, Yan; Seng-Pan, U.; Martins, Rui P.
Publication Place445 HOES LANE, PISCATAWAY, NJ 08855-4141 USA
AbstractThis paper presents an analog-assisted (AA) output-capacitor-free digital low-dropout (D-LDO) regulator with tri-loop control. For responding to instant load transients, the proposed high-pass AA loop momentarily adjusts the unit current of the power switch array, and significantly reduces the voltage spikes. In the proposed D-LDO, the overall 512 output current steps are divided into three sub-sections controlled by coarse/fine loops with carry-in/out operations. Therefore, the required shift register (SR) length is reduced, and a 9-bit output current resolution is realized by using only 28-SR bits. Besides, the coarse-tuning loop helps to reduce the recovery time, while the fine-tuning loop improves the output accuracy. To eliminate the limit cycle oscillation and reduce the quiescent current, a freeze mode is added after the fine-tuning operation. To reduce the output glitches and the recovery time, a nonlinear coarse word control is designed for the carry-in/out operations. The D-LDO is fabricated in a 65-nm general purpose CMOS process. A maximum voltage undershoot/overshoot of 105 mV is measured with a 10-mA/1-ns load step and a total capacitor of only 100 pF. Thus, the resulting figure-of-merit is 0.23 ps.
KeywordAmplifier analog assisted (AA) coarse/fine tuning digital control fully integrated voltage regulator (FIVR) limit cycle oscillation (LCO) low-dropout (LDO) regulator nonlinear control output-capacitor-free power management
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WOS Research AreaEngineering
WOS SubjectEngineering, Electrical & Electronic
WOS IDWOS:000418873800003
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Huang, Mo,Lu, Yan,Seng-Pan, U.,et al. An Analog-Assisted Tri-Loop Digital Low-Dropout Regulator[C]. 445 HOES LANE, PISCATAWAY, NJ 08855-4141 USA:IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC,2018:20-34.
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