A bang-bang PLL employing dynamic gain control for low jitter and fast lock times

M.J. Chan, A. Postula, Y. Ding, L. Jozwiak

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Bang-bang phase detector based PLLs are simple to design, suffer no systematic phase error, and can run at the highest speed a process can make a working flip-flop. For these reasons designers are employing them in the design of very high speed Clock Data Recovery (CDR) architectures. The major drawback of this class of PLL is the inherent jitter due to quantized phase and frequency corrections. Reducing loop gain can proportionally improve jitter performance, but also reduces locking time and pull-in range. This paper presents a novel PLL design that dynamically scales its gain in order to achieve fast lock times while improving jitter performance in lock. Under certain circumstances the design also demonstrates improved capture range. This paper also analyses the behaviour of a bang-bang type PLL when far from lock, and demonstrates that the pull-in range is proportional to the square root of the PLL loop gain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-140
Number of pages10
JournalAnalog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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