High Speed Bipolar Push-Pull Circuit
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
This article relates generally to VLSI charge-buffered logic circuits and, more particularly, to such circuits using bipolar devices. A bipolar push-pull output stage for charge-buffered logic can permit high speed operation and low power dissipation even with relatively poor switching characteristics. This circuit is also compatible with other standard logic circuits to improve switching speed and power dissipation at large capacitive loads. Referring to Fig. 1, PNP transistor T1 and NPN transistors T2, T3 and T4 are arranged as the output stage of a NAND circuit to large capacitive load 5. NPN emitter follower T2 quickly provides large currents to charge load 5 to speed up the upward output transition even (Image Omitted) if T1 has a lower cut-off frequency.