A K-band CMOS Differential Vackar VCO With the Gate Inductive Feedback
Nguyen, T. N.; Lee, J.-W.
This paper presents a K-band differential Vackar VCO. You might be thinking, what is a Vackar VCO? It is just a Colpitts oscillator with a couple of additional capacitors. This paper adds an additional gate inductor to improve startup performance of the Vackar oscillator. The phase noise is reported to be several dB better than an equivalent Colpitts.
Design of a Ku-band Low-Phase-Noise VCO Using the Dual LC Tanks
Zou, Q.; Ma, K.; Yeo, K. S.; Lim, W. M.
A Ku-band VCO with dual LC tanks is presented in the paper. A triple-coil transformer provides strong coupling between the two LC tanks. The claim is made that this architecture provides superior results, but a comparison of other VCOs shows a cross-coupled architecture with similar results. The phase noise of -117.4dBc/Hz @ 1MHz offset seems to be a conveniently chosen point. The measured phase noise plot shows several dB worse noise at a frequency offset slightly lower than 1MHz.
A 6-GHz All-Digital Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizer Using FIR-Embedded Noise Filtering Technique
Lee, I-T.; Lu, H.-Y.; Liu, S.-I.
A 6-GHz all-digital fractional-N PLL is presented with a FIR-embedded noise filtering technique. The measured out-of-band phase noise is improved with the noise filtering circuit. The benefit of this architecture is unclear, however, because it seems that similar results could be obtained by simply adjusting the PLL bandwidth.
A Continuous-Time Delta-Sigma Modulator for RF Subsampling Receivers
Ucar, A.; Cetin, E.; Kale, I.
A new continuous-time delta-sigma modulator is presented that is intended for use in RF subsampling receivers. The architecture is analyzed but not realized. Real time tuning of the loop filter is noted as an obstacle in a practical realization.
Clock-Phase-Noise-Induced TX Leakage Estimation of a Baseband Wireless Transmitter DAC
Lee, S. M.; Taleie, S. M.; Saripalli, G. R.; Seo, D.
This paper presents an analysis of DAC output noise that is caused by the phase noise of the DAC clock. The analysis is presented in the context of phase noise induced by TX leakage, but could apply to other cases as well.