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    For the circuit of the figure attached, determine the required values of Rd, R1 and R2 so that the transistor operates in the saturation region with Id=0.5mA and Vd=3V. The enhancement mode PMOS transistor has Vt=-1V and K=0.5mAV^-2. What is the largest value Rd can have while maintaining the transistor in saturation?

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    1. Rd = Vd/Id, really simple.

    2. Calculate Vgs, which is the gate-source voltage. knowing Vgs will help to get the voltage drop on R1: Vr1. The Voltage drop on R2 is simply Vdd - Vr1.
    Notice that Saturation Voltage Vsat is Vdd - Vd = 2v.
    See the following equations:
    Id = (B/2)(Vgs-|Vt|)^2, (eq1) Id is the current at ...

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