20 GHz integrated CMOS frequency sources with a quadrature VCO using transformers

Sangsoo Ko, Jeong Geun Kim, Taeksang Song, Euisik Yoon, Songcheol Hong

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Abstract

A fully integrated 20 GHz frequency source is implemented with a VCO and a doubler in 0.18 μm CMOS process. A 10 GHz quadrature voltage controlled oscillator (QVCO) is implemented using transformer-coupled resonator. The VCO can be tuned between 10.2 and 11.4 GHz and has low phase noise of-118.67 dBc/Hz at 1 MHz offset frequency with 1.8 V power supply. The Figure of merit (FOM) is 188 dB. The 20 GHz differential signal is generated by harmonics of quadrature signals of the VCO with a balanced frequency doubler. To increase output power of harmonics, a pinch-off clipping is used without any buffers and DC level shifter, since the proposed VCO has RF signals with low DC level. The frequency multiplier of which output can be tuned between 19.8 and 22 GHz has low noise of 111.67 dBc/Hz at 1 MHz offset frequency. The phase noise of the multiplier is 7 dB higher than that of the VCO. The output power is -6.83 dBm and the VCO output power is -6 dBm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages269-272
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventDigest of Papers - 2004 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium - Fort Worth, TX, United States
Duration: 2004 Jun 62004 Jun 8

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OtherDigest of Papers - 2004 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium
CountryUnited States
CityFort Worth, TX
Period04/6/604/6/8

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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