"What would (ideally) be the DC voltage at the output in the following circuit?" That's how the question was formulated. Can it be found without having any information on \$V_A\$ or on \$\lambda\$? The only way \$v_o\$ could be evaluated would be by equating the currents through Q6 and Q7, but that would only yield \$v_o\$ provided that I have some information on either \$V_A\$ or on \$\lambda\$. Could anyone help me settle it?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ How about posting a plot of the I_V charactieristic, for the gate-length(s) used in your amplifier? \$\endgroup\$ – analogsystemsrf May 27 '17 at 14:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ I just posted all the information given in the question. I have no other info. \$\endgroup\$ – peripatein May 27 '17 at 14:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, and in a previous section I was asked to perform a DC design that will result in each of \$Q_{1-4}\$ and \$Q_{6,7}\$ conducting a drain current of \$200\mu A\$ and all transistors operating at \$V_{ov}=0.2V\$. I managed that. \$\endgroup\$ – peripatein May 27 '17 at 14:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are Va and Vb given, Hint its easy for the two cases of Va>Vb or Va < Vb \$\endgroup\$ – sstobbe May 27 '17 at 15:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ current mirror and differential V I/O determine inverse transfer function with k n/p ratios for RdsOn but matched Vth \$\endgroup\$ – Tony Stewart Sunnyskyguy EE75 May 27 '17 at 15:22

The OP provided a sample solution to the problem as,

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Turning to spice, we can determine the complete hypothetical solution as,

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Spice estimates the output to be, $$ Vo \simeq -50 \textrm{ mV} $$

The practical aside is if M4 is 1% larger than expected, the input offset voltage causes the output to rail.

  • \$\begingroup\$ how do I find it in my problem given that I was asked for the ideal output voltage without specifying lambda and that the current is 200uA through Q1-4 and through Q6-7? I can give you the W/L's I found, should that help, as they are different than the ones here \$\endgroup\$ – peripatein May 27 '17 at 20:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ You have it in the solution you provided, just assume \$ \lambda_N = \lambda_P\$, and it divides out. \$\endgroup\$ – sstobbe May 27 '17 at 20:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ So say I found \$(W/L)_{1,2,7,8}=25, (W/L)_5=50,(W/L)_{3,4,6}=100\$, how would that affect the output voltage? Mind you that I also have no idea what the value of lambda is, unlike the question above \$\endgroup\$ – peripatein May 27 '17 at 20:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ It won't divide out as the W/L's are different.. Moreover, why does the question specifically ask for the "ideal" solution? What does "ideal" mean here? rds equals infinity? \$\endgroup\$ – peripatein May 27 '17 at 20:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Spice solution for full opamp -92 mV, just the matched output stage 0 V. \$\endgroup\$ – sstobbe May 27 '17 at 20:56

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