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A Highly Digital MDLL-Based Clock Multiplier That Leverages a Self-Scrambling Time-to-Digital Converter to Achieve Subpicosecond Jitter Performance

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4 Author(s)
Belal M. Helal ; Massachusetts Inst. of Technol., Cambridge ; Matthew Z. Straayer ; Gu-Yeon Wei ; Michael H. Perrott

This paper presents a mostly digital multiplying delay-locked loop (MDLL) architecture that leverages a new time-to-digital converter (TDC) and a correlated double-sampling technique to achieve subpicosecond jitter performance. The key benefit of the proposed structure is that it provides a highly digital technique to reduce deterministic jitter in the MDLL output with low sensitivity to mismatch and offset in the associated tuning circuits. The TDC structure, which is based on a gated ring oscillator (GRO), is expected to benefit other PLL/DLL applications as well due to the fact that it scrambles and first-order noise shapes its associated quantization noise. Measured results are presented of a custom MDLL prototype that multiplies a 50 MHz reference frequency to 1.6 GHz with 928 fs rms jitter performance. The prototype consists of two 0.13 mum integrated circuits, which have a combined active area of 0.06 mm2 and a combined core power of 5.1 mW, in addition to an FPGA board, a discrete DAC, and a simple RC filter.

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IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 4 )