Broadband Linearity Enhancement Method for a 1.3 GHz - 2.5 GHz Digitally-Assisted Oscillator in a 55-nm CMOS Technology

Yun Fang, Zhong Tang, Xiao Peng Yu, Zhiwei Xu, Hao Gao (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

At the L/S band, the digital array radars with digital beam-forming characteristics require a compact RF module for a plane array. Such an RF module would require a small-sized local clock generation to synchronize with the central distributed clock signal. This paper proposes a 0.04mm2, broadband local clock generation for the RF module in digital array radar. In such a multi-band digital array radar, the linearity of the clock generator is a bottleneck. A linearity enhanced algorithm for switched-capacitor digitally-assisted oscillators is proposed in this paper. In this linearity enhancement technique, a calibration resistor array is used to improve frequency-tuning characteristics. The digitally-assisted oscillator has a highly linearized frequency tuning curve without demanding much more power and silicon area. A prototype is fabricated using a 55-nm CMOS process. From measurement, it has a frequency tuning range from 1.3 GHz to 2.5 GHz while occupying 225 × 180 μm2. The measured coarse bank tuning maximum DNL is 0.39 LSB, and the maximum INL is 4.64 LSB, which has been reduced to 43% of the other state-of-art work. The maximum power consumption is 15.8 mW from a 1.2 V supply voltage.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105103
Number of pages6
JournalMicroelectronics Journal
Volume113
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 May 2021

Keywords

  • Digital array radar
  • Digitally-assisted oscillator
  • Linearity
  • Ring oscillator

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