On-chip compensation of ring VCO oscillation frequency changes due to supply noise and process variation

Young Seok Park, Woo Young Choi

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A novel circuit technique that stabilizes the oscillation frequency of a ring-type voltage-controlled oscillator (RVCO) is demonstrated. The technique uses on-chip bias-current and voltage-swing controllers, which compensate RVCO oscillation frequency changes caused by supply noise and process variation. A prototype phase-locked loop (PLL) having the RVCO with the compensation circuit is fabricated with 0.13-μm CMOS technology. At the operating frequency of 4 GHz, the measured PLL rms jitter improves from 20.11 to 5.78 ps with 4-MHz RVCO supply noise. Simulation results show that the oscillation frequency difference between FF and SS corner is reduced from 63% to 6% of the NN corner oscillation frequency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6140551
Pages (from-to)73-77
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received July 20, 2011; revised October 11, 2011; accepted November 24, 2011. Date of publication January 27, 2012; date of current version February 23, 2012. This work was supported by the IT R&D program of MKE/KEIT [10034834]. This paper was recommended by Associate Editor H. C. Huat.

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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