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An On-Chip Tunable Frequency Generator for Crystal-Less Low-Power WBAN Radio

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2 Author(s)
Yi-Chun Shih ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA ; Otis, B.

This brief presents a digitally tunable frequency generator for crystal-less low-power radios in size-constrained wireless-body-area-network applications. A switched-capacitor frequency-to-voltage converter is used to lock a ring oscillator (RO) to an on-chip reference voltage. The proposed frequency lock loop (FLL) significantly reduces the supply and temperature dependences of the RO frequency by 400x and 13x, respectively, to 0.23%/V and 126 ppm/°C compared to a RO without the FLL. The output frequency can be digitally tuned from 325 to 420 MHz with a resolution of 80 ppm to allow channelization or calibration.

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Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 4 )