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Ultra-wideband CMOS signal generator using tunable linear superposition

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Title
Ultra-wideband CMOS signal generator using tunable linear superposition
Author
Kim, Dong Uk
Advisor
Kim, Jae Joon
Issue Date
2014-02
Publisher
Graduate School of UNIST
Abstract
Wireless communication frequency bandwidth and center frequency are have been widening for high speed transmission of data. But the frequency bandwidth a transceiver can cover is severely limited. The circuit designed in the paper, called "signal generator", can offer a variety of wireless bandwidths. In this paper, a ultra wideband signal generator, based in 65nm CMOS technology, is designed after proposing and verifying two different types of signal generator design. The first version design of the signal generator is proposed, which is composed of a four-stage LC-ring voltagecontrolled oscillator (VCO) and a frequency synthesis circuit. A new concept of tunable linear superposition is proposed for wideband frequency synthesis and implemented to provide VCO core (1X)/ twofold (2X)/ quadruple (4X) programmable frequency multiplication function. In order to expand frequency coverage further, the LCring VCO adopted the tunable inductors which are composed of switchable bondwire pairs. A ultra-wideband operation from 4.3GHz to 27.4GHz was experimentally verified. The second version design of the signal generator using a reconfigurable phase selection process is proposed, which is proposed and consists of a multi-phase signal generation and a programmable frequency multiplication. This chip is proposed for wideband frequency synthesis and implemented to provide VCO core (1X)/ twofold (2X)/ quadruple (4X) and octuplet (8X) programmable frequency multiplication function. An LC-ring oscillator and a selective rectifying combiner are reconstructed adaptively for various frequency synthesis modes, minimizing their power consumption. A fully-integrated prototype verified to have very wide frequency characteristic from 6.3GHz to 59.4GHz.
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