A filtering technique to lower LC oscillator phase noise
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Based on a physical understanding of phase-noise mechanisms, a passive LC filter is found to lower the phase-noise factor in a differential oscillator to its fundamental minimum. Three fully integrated LC voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) serve as a proof of concept. Two 1.1-GHz VCOs achieve -153 dBc/Hz at 3 MHz offset, biased at 3.7 mA from 2.5 V. A 2.1-GHz VCO achieves -148 dBc/Hz at 15 MHz offset, taking 4 mA from a 2.7-V supply. All oscillators use fully integrated resonators, and the first two exceed discrete transistor modules in figure of merit. Practical aspects and repercussions of the technique are discussed.
- Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
- UHF oscillators
- passive filters
- phase noise
- voltage-controlled oscillators
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