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"Switched dumping" ??

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Hi, there
anyone can explain to me the meaning of this sentance
"Cascode FETs are inserted for better isolation, but also to enable switched dumping of signal currents to lower the gain"?

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This means that it can allow you to dump (throw away) a part of the signal current. As a result, the gain will decrease (as you purposely lower the signal current)
 

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Thanks Elbadry:
but why cascode device can dump a part of the signal current? through the parasitic capacitance Cgs etc. of the cascode device?

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and also, why called "switched" dumping? since there is no switching action happens.
 

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I think what is meant is something like the above image. You can use Vctrl (which is applied on a cascode device) to do a switched dumping of current (programmable gain)
 

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Hi: elbadry
Thanks for your attention, the cascode device is just a common one with its base connected to a biasing point and no switching action is occurring in this circuit, in fact, the circuit is a part of LNA.

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I think it is meant that the LNA's gain can be programmed by this current-dumping action if needed
 

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