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In this paper, an ultra-wideband (UWB) upconverter is proposed that has automatic self-calibrating circuits for the in-phase/quadrature mismatch correction and the local (LO) leakage suppression. The proposed self-calibrating circuits have been devised to have UWB functionality without help of the baseband processor. In addition, calibrating circuits do not need any additional analog-to-digital converter or sample-and-hold capacitors that are used to store and update the minimum power because the proposed calibrators find the solution from informations in current state. To verify the performance, the upconverter was applied to an UWB transmitter (Tx), operating from 3.1 to 4.8 GHz and from 6.3 to 9 GHz in 65-nm CMOS. The measured data shows UWB performance for the sideband rejection up to 9 GHz and the LO leakage suppression up to 5 GHz, respectively. The automatically calibrated Tx has error vector magnitude of lower than -20 dB, output 1-dB compression point of -6 dBm, LO leakage of lower than -43 dBm, and sideband suppression ratio of higher than 45 dBc with current consumption of 175 mA from a 1.2-V power supply for all supporting bands and time frequency codes defined in WiMedia UWB specifications.