Multiple tuning curve based wideband RC VCO design / Muhammad Awais

Muhammad, Awais (2017) Multiple tuning curve based wideband RC VCO design / Muhammad Awais. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaya.

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    Voltage controlled Oscillator (VCO) is a key element in defining overall system specification. It is widely used in communication equipment as an essential part of frequency synthesizers and phase-locked loops (PLL). In achieving high tuning range performance an oscillator pays its penalty in degraded phase noise output. Resorting into a LC based VCO at high frequency which exhibit superior phase noise performance foresees large active area consumption with a proportional increase in the cost. The evolution of deep-submicron CMOS technology mandates the need of low power solution with a proportional headroom limitation. In view of the highlighted challenges, this work proposes a RC based Voltage Controlled Oscillator (RC-VCO) with programmable tuning curves to achieve a wideband frequency operation. Fabricated and characterized in 130 nm standard CMOS platform, the VCO switches between the tuning curves with a programmable current injection. The VCO exhibit a frequency operation between 2.05 to 4.19 GHz, resulting in a wideband tuning range of 68.5%. The proposed architecture consumes a maximum dc current of 8.8mA measured at the highest frequency of operation. The design also observes a phase noise of -99.3 dBc/Hz at an offset of 1MHz with a carrier of 4.19GHz. The proposed RC-VCO achieves a Figure of Merit of -161.4 dBc/Hz (FOM) and -178.1 dBc/Hz (FOMT), respectively. The summary of performance favours the architecture in the integration of a wideband frequency synthesizer.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A.) - Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaya, 2017.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Voltage controlled Oscillator; Consumption; Wideband frequency operation; Architecture
    Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
    T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
    Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
    Depositing User: Mr Prabhakaran Balachandran
    Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 04:44
    Last Modified: 02 Mar 2022 00:15

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