Analysis and Design of a 1.8-GHz CMOS LC Quadrature VCO

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2002



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This paper presents a quadrature voltage-controlled oscillator (QVCO) based on the coupling of two LC-tank VCOs. A simplified theoretical analysis for the oscillation frequency and phase noise displayed by the QVCO in the 1/f3 region is developed, and good agreement is found between theory and simulation results. A prototype for the QVCO was implemented in a 0.35-μm CMOS process with three standard metal layers. The QVCO could be tuned between 1.64 and 1.97 GHz, and showed a phase noise of -140 dBc/Hz or less across the tuning range at a 3-MHz offset frequency from the carrier, for a current consumption of 25 mA from a 2-V power supply. The equivalent phase error between I and Q signals was at most 0.25°.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Journal of Solid State Circuits
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1737-1747
StatePublished - 2002

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