The cascode amplifier is the two stage amplifier in which common emitter stage is connected to common base stage. The CE-CB cascode. ESE Introduction to Microelectronics. 1. Kenneth R. Laker, update 08Oct12 KRL. High Frequency BJT Model. Cascode BJT Amplifier. ESE Introduction to Microelectronics. 1. Kenneth R. Laker, update 01Oct14 KRL. High Frequency BJT Model &. Cascode BJT Amplifier.

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See our other Electronics Calculators. This calculator computes bias voltage and current levels, as well as gain and frequency response for the Cascode amplifier. The cascode amplifier has high gain and high band cxscode. It overcomes the Miller capacitance limitations of the common emitter amplifier by using a second transistor as common- base current buffer.


As a result it can achieve gain bandwidths orders of magnitude larger than the common emitter amplifiers.

The only cost is that a second transistor is needed, and a higher voltage supply is needed so that the transistors have decent operating margins. To increase bandwidth maximize the sum of RE1 and RE2.

The Cascode Amplifier

It should be noted, that in the real world, for frequencies above 2MHz, a second emitter follower buffer stage is needed to prevent loading of the output stage, and reduced frequency response. The capacitance from even a 1MHz scope probe will roll the frequency of this amplifier off at 2 MHz.

To measure frequency response on a scope, measure on the output of the cascode through a buffer. The best way to find electronic components is to use our free Cxscode Component Directorywhere a myriad of manufactures are listed.

Cascode – Wikipedia

R C Collector resistor. R E1 Emitter resistor, AC bypassed. R E2 Emitter resistor, gain control.


V BE Base to emitter drop. R s Source Resistance: R L Load resistor.

V C1 Collector Voltage. V E1 Emitter Voltage.

V C2 Collector Voltage. V E2 Emitter Voltage. I C Collector Voltage.

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