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# p channel mosfet saturation biasing condition question

#### yefj

Hello,in PMOS netlis shown bellow.
for mosfet to start conducting Vt=-0.39V
Vgs<Vt=-0.39
0-1.8<-0.39
I want understand how to make it in conducting state,with linear and saturation
from the formula shown bellow we need Vdg<-(-0.39) to make saturation.
Vg=0.4 so Vd<-0.4+0.4=0 is the condition for saturation. how ever as you can see bellow i got the linear and saturation states flipped. Where did i go wrong in my mathematical condition for saturation? Thanks.

#### crutschow

To turn on a P-MOSFET the Vgs must be negative as you noted.
To further turn on the MOSFET that means V1 should go negative, not positive as in the sim.
Also V5 should be a negative voltage.

#### yefj

Hello, i have tried again with other connection shown bellow.I am using a P-channel MOSFET with Vt = -0.4 and Vgs > -0.4 => Vs = 0 Vg > 0 always so it's not supposed to conduct.

Vdg > -Vt = +0.4 for the linear state.

At V2 = 0.2 our plot is linear state, but mathemetically I get the opposite: Vdg = 0.2-1.8 > -(-0.4) = 0.4 FALSE.

Where did I go wrong?

#### crutschow

Sorry but I'm confused by what you are doing.
Why are you varying V1 rather than V2 as is normally done?