Die-to-die variations of a mm-wave CMOS VCO

H.M. Cheema, R. Mahmoudi, M.A.T. Sanduleanu, A.H.M. Roermund, van

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Abstract — A mm-wave VCO tunable from 41 to 44.5 GHz (8% tuning range) is presented. It utilizes a differential tuning mechanism based on varactors and fixed MIM capacitors. Fabricated in a bulk CMOS 65nm technology, it consumes 3.6 mW and exhibits a phase noise of –106 dBc/Hz at 1 MHz offset from a 41.2 GHz carrier. The resulting FOM is –192.7 dBc/Hz, which is the best reported value for VCOs operating above 40 GHz. Twenty-nine samples are measured to analyze die-to-die variations of the VCO and results are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings / SAFE 2008, ProRISC 2008 : 11th Annual Workshop on Semiconductor Advances for Future Electronics and Sensors ; 19th Annual Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing ; November 27 - 28, 2008, Veldhoven, The Netherlands
Place of PublicationUtrecht
PublisherSTW Technology Foundation
ISBN (Print)978-90-73461-56-7
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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