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Journal of the Korean Institute of Electromagnetic and Science 2004;4(4):168-174.
A Low Phase Noise 5.5-GHz SiGe VCO Having 10% Bandwidth
Ja-Yol Lee1, Chan Woo Park2, Hyun-Cheol Bae1, Jin-Young Kang1, Bo-Woo Kim1, Seung-Hyeub Oh3
1Basic Technology Research Division, ETRI
2Future Technology Research Laboratory, ETRI
3Dept. of Electronics Engineering, Chungnam National University
A bandwidth-enhanced and phase noise-improved differential LC-tank VCO is proposed in this paper. By connecting the varactors to the bases of the cross-coupled transistors of the proposed LC-tank VCO, its input negative resistance has been widened. Also, the feedback capacitor Cc in the cross-coupling path of the proposed LC-tank VCO attenuates the output common-mode level modulated by the low-frequency noise because the modulated common-mode level jitters the varactor bias point and degrades phase noise. Compared with the fabricated conventional LC-tank VCO, the proposed LC-tank VCO demonstrates $200;%$ enhancement in tuning range, and 6 - dB improvement in phase noise at 6 MHz offset frequency from 5.4-GHz carrier. We achieved the phase noise of - 106 dBc/Hz at 6 MHz offset, and $10;%$ tuning range from the proposed LC-tank VCO. The proposed LC-tank VCO consumes 12 mA at 2.5 V supply voltage.
Key words: VCO, Phase Noise, l/f Noise, SiGe, HBT, Varactor Diode
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