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In this paper, a novel low phase-noise and wide tuning-range CMOS differential voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) for a frequency DeltaSigma modulator (FDSM) is presented. The VCO which converts an analog input voltage to phase information is based on a differential ring oscillator with modified symmetric load and a positive feedback in the differential delay cells, combined with a new bias circuit. The proposed VCO with two stages operating at a low power supply voltage of 0.6 V can achieve low power consumption of 212 uW, and wide tuning-range by increasing the operating frequency range by about 22%. The phase noise is -132 dBc/Hz at 600 KHz offset from the centre frequency of 480 MHz. The new VCO has a good linearity reducing harmonic distortion in the DeltaSigma modulator. The circuits are designed using a 65 nm CMOS process.
Date of Conference: 13-15 May 2009