Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing

, Volume 93, Issue 2, pp 245–256 | Cite as

A 700 MHz laser radar receiver realized in 0.18 μm HV-CMOS

  • Mikko Hintikka
  • Juha Kostamovaara


This study presents a CMOS receiver chip realized in 0.18 µm High-Voltage CMOS (HV-CMOS) technology and intended for high precision pulsed time-of-flight laser range finding utilizing high-energy sub-ns laser pulses. The IC chip includes a trans-impedance preamplifier, a post-amplifier and a timing comparator. Timing discrimination is based on leading edge detection and the trailing edge is also discriminated for measuring the width of the pulse. The transimpedance of the channel is 25 kΩ, the uncompensated walk error is 470 ps in the dynamic range of 1:21,000 and the input referred equivalent noise current 450 nA (rms).


Laser radar receiver Laser ranging Optical sensors Timing discrimination 



The authors acknowledge financial support from the Academy of Finland (Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research, Contract Nos. 272196, 255359, 263705 and 251571) and the Infotech Oulu Graduate School.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information and Electrical Engineering, Circuits and Systems Research GroupUniversity of OuluLinnanmaaFinland

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