3/15/12 ESE 324 Midterm Exam STUDENT’S NAME________________________

QUESTION #1

Answer the following questions with a single sentence

. A) What is body effect in CMOS circuits?

B) What does “dead zone” of a phase detector refer to?

C) What is the primary difference between linear and nonlinear oscillators?

D) What is the primary difference between a latch and a flip-flop?

E) What is hysteresis effect? Provide an example to illustrate how it can be used

.3/15/12 ESE 324 Midterm Exam STUDENT’S NAME________________________

QUESTION #2

Two circuits are shown in the figure above

. Assume Vdd=7

. The threshold voltage for NMOS

transistors is 3 V and the threshold voltage for PMOS transistors is -4 V

. Initially both inputs are

at zero voltage

. Nodes A and B are also initially at zero voltage

. C is at Vdd

. Similarly, nodes A’

and B’ are initially at zero voltage and C’ is at Vdd

. Both inputs have a step transition to Vdd

. Determine the final voltage at nodes A, B, C, A’, B’, and C’

. 3/15/12 ESE 324 Midterm Exam STUDENT’S NAME________________________

QUESTION #3

A relaxation based nonlinear oscillator is shown in the figure above

. Note that Vdd=12 Volts and

Vss= -12 Volts

. A) Based on the resistances and capacitance, calculate the oscillation frequency at the

output

.B) What can be done to decrease the oscillation frequency?

Hint: The voltage of a capacitor that is charging or discharging through a resistor R toward a

final voltage Vf is determined by

( ) ( ) where V is the voltage at t 0 and RCis the time constant 0

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