Implementations of the Pierce Oscillator

  • Eric VittozEmail author
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Grounding the source of the active transistor results in the basic oscillator circuit depicted in Fig. 5.1. Transistor T2 is part of a current mirror that delivers the bias current I 0 to the active transistor T1. The latter is maintained in active mode by a resistor R 3 that forces the DC component V D0 of the drain voltage V D to be equal to the DC component V G0 of the gate voltage V G (since no current is flowing through R 3).


Gate Voltage Drain Voltage Negative Resistance Strong Inversion Supply Voltage Versus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

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