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A 5 GHz inductively tuned quadrature oscillator designed in a 0.18 μm CMOS technology for high-speed data retiming applications is described. The oscillator is based on a ring architecture with tunable LC delay lines inserted between gain stages to set the operating frequency. The oscillator is tuned by electronically varying magnetic coupling in passive LC delay lines. A 3:1 change in inductance is observed which results in a ±30% frequency control range. This is shown to be more than sufficient to cover typical process, temperature and supply voltage spreads. The oscillator core operates from a 1.8 V power supply and dissipates 46.5 mW.
Circuits and Systems, 2003. ISCAS '03. Proceedings of the 2003 International Symposium on (Volume:1 )
Date of Conference: 25-28 May 2003