Offset cancelling circuit
Wiegerink, Remco J.
de Jager, Wim
acm: Hardware_GENERAL | Hardware_INTEGRATEDCIRCUITS | Hardware_PERFORMANCEANDRELIABILITY
A monolithic offset cancelling circuit to reduce the offset voltage at an integrated audio-amplifier output is described. This offset voltage is detected using a low-pass filter with a very large time constant for which only one small on-chip capacitor is needed. The circuit was realized with a bipolar cell-based semicustom array. Measurements have shown that a -3-dB bandwidth below 5 Hz can be realized with a capacitor value of 50 pF. The resulting offset voltage at the audio-amplifier output was 2.5 mV. The offset cancelling circuit increases the wideband noise voltage at the audio-amplifier output by 0.15-MV RMS over the frequency range of 10 Hz to 30 kHz. The use of the offset cancelling circuit eliminates the need for a large external electrolytic capacitor. If an audio amplifier with a single supply voltage is used, a second electrolytic capacitor, needed to obtain a stable reference at half the supply voltage, can be eliminated