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LC-VCO in the 3.3- to 4-GHz Band Implemented in 32-nm Low-Power CMOS Technology

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7 Author(s)
Ponton, D. ; DIEGM, Univ. of Udine, Udine, Italy ; Knoblinger, G. ; Roithmeier, A. ; Cernoia, F.
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In this brief, a conventional LC voltage-controlled oscillator (LC-VCO) for Global System for Mobile Communications 900 applications is implemented in a 32-nm CMOS technology. The transition to 32-nm technology represents a big step from the technological point of view, mainly due to the introduction of high-κ dielectrics. In spite of the considered ultrascaled technology, the measured performance is aligned with recently published conventional LC-VCOs in the gigahertz range. The robustness of the VCO versus temperature and supply variation is experimentally characterized and analyzed in detail by means of circuit simulations.

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Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 8 )