IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Analog and Digital Signal Processing

Analysis of Mismatch Sensitivity in a Simultaneously Latched CMOS Sense Amplifier

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This paper derives a new formula for the sensitivity of a vertically matched CMOS sense amplifier, of the type used in DRAM's, to threshold voltage mismatch, parasitic capacitance mismatch, transconductance mismatch, and bitline load capacitance mismatch. The mathematical methods used in the derivation of the formula are described in detail. The formula yields insight on the DRAM sensing operation. The perturbation approach used here is novel and rigorous and yields an explicit closed-form solution. The formula agrees well with simulations. It is inherently slightly conservative and thus appropriate for use in design. © 1992 IEEE