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This paper describes a receiver system design for impulse-radio ultra-wideband (IR-UWB) that operates at two carrier frequencies-3.494 and 3.993 GHz-with a 10-Mbps data rate. To reduce the power consumption of the front-end amplifiers, a super-regenerative architecture is used. An integrated circuit, implemented in a CMOS 0.18-μm technology and operating with a 1.5-V power supply, exhibits energy consumption of 0.24 nJ/bit with a measured sensitivity of -66 and -61 dBm at 3.494 and 3.993 GHz, respectively, with a BER of 10-3. Also included on the integrated circuit is an automatic tuning circuit based on a digital phase-locked loop that is used to set the resonant frequency of the super-regenerative block.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2011