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Record Q symmetrical inductors for 10-GHz LC-VCOs in 0.18-μm gate-length CMOS

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4 Author(s)
Tiemeijer, L.F. ; Philips Res. Labs., Eindhoven, Netherlands ; Havens, R.J. ; Pavlovic, N. ; Leenaerts, D.M.W.

We report a single-loop inductor suitable for integration in a differential voltage-controlled oscillator (LC-VCO) with 0.6-nH inductance and record quality factors of 18 at 10 GHz and 20 at 15 GHz fabricated in an industrial CMOS process on a 10 /spl Omega/cm substrate. A new lumped element model which accurately describes the inductor performance without the need for frequency-dependent elements is presented. During the course of this work, we found that a patterned ground shield significantly improves the inductor performance at these frequencies, but only when the polysilicon bars are connected from the center of the inductor.

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Electron Device Letters, IEEE  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 12 )