Apple Inc.
High-precision and high-bandwidth comparator

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Abstract:

A comparator circuit included in a computer system employs an inverter circuit as a high-speed comparison circuit. To allow the inverter circuit to compare an input signal to a particular threshold value, a trip point of the inverter circuit is adjusted to match the threshold value by modifying a voltage level of a power supply node coupled to the inverter. To modify the voltage level of the power supply node, a replica of the inverter circuit is biased to generate a bias signal that corresponds to the trip point of the inverter circuit. A comparator circuit compares the bias signal to the threshold value, and adjusts the voltage level of the power supply node using results of the comparison. An output circuit adjusts an output of the inverter circuit to generate a full-rail output signal.

Status:
Grant
Type:

Utility

Filling date:

28 Aug 2020

Issue date:

5 Oct 2021