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A Single-Event Transient (SET) Tolerant Dynamic Bias Comparator in 65-nm CMOS
  • Andrew Ash ,
  • John Hu
Andrew Ash
Oklahoma State University

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A single-event transient (SET) tolerant dynamic bias comparator leveraging path-splitting is presented in this paper. The dynamic bias structure with a tail capacitor is found to be vulnerable to positive and negative SET transients. A negative transient on the tail transistor doubles the energy per conversion. A positive transient on the tail MOS capacitor reduces the preamplifier gain by 35.7%, which increases the metastability error rate in the subsequent latch. A path splitting technique is applied to mitigate the positive SET. Simulations in a 65-nm CMOS process showed that a two path split can recover the comparator output voltage swing by 12.7%. Compared with the state-of-the-art CMOS radiation-hardened by design (RHBD) dynamic comparators, this circuit achieved the lowest energy per comparison while maintaining low input referred noise and gaining SET tolerance in the evaluation phase.