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Low phase noise array-composite micromechanical wine-glass disk oscillator

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4 Author(s)
Yu-Wei Lin ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI ; Sheng-Shian Li ; Zeying Ren ; Nguyen, C.T.-C.

A reduction in phase noise by 13 dB has been obtained over a previous 60-MHz surface-micromachined micromechanical resonator oscillator by replacing the single resonator normally used in such oscillators with a mechanically-coupled array of them to effectively raise the power handling ability of the frequency selective tank. Specifically, a mechanically-coupled array of nine 60-MHz wine-glass disk resonators embedded in a positive feedback loop with a custom-designed, single-stage, zero-phase-shift sustaining amplifier achieves a phase noise of -123 dBc/Hz at 1 kHz offset and -136 dBc/Hz at far-from-carrier offsets. When divided down to 10 MHz, this effectively corresponds to -138 dBc/Hz at 1 kHz offset and -151 dBc/Hz at far from carrier offset, which represent 13 dB and 4 dB improvements over recently published work on surface-micromachined resonator oscillators, and also now beat stringent GSM phase noise requirements by 8 dB and 1 dB, respectively

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Electron Devices Meeting, 2005. IEDM Technical Digest. IEEE International

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5-5 Dec. 2005