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CMOS DLL-based 2-V 3.2-ps jitter 1-GHz clock synthesizer and temperature-compensated tunable oscillator

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2 Author(s)
Foley, D.J. ; Dept. of Microelectron, Nat. Univ. of Ireland, Cork, Ireland ; Flynn, M.P.

This paper describes a low-voltage low-jitter clock synthesizer and a temperature-compensated tunable oscillator. Both of these circuits employ a self-correcting delay-locked loop (DLL) which solves the problem of false locking associated with conventional DLLs. This DLL does not require the delay control voltage to be set on power-up; it can recover from missing reference clock pulses and, because the delay range is not restricted, it can accommodate a variable reference clock frequency. The DLL provides multiple clock phases that are combined to produce the desired output frequency for the synthesizer, and provides temperature-compensated biasing for the tunable oscillator. With a 2-V supply the measured rms jitter for the 1-GHz synthesizer output was 3.2 ps. With a 3.3-V supply, rms jitter of 3.1 ps was measured for a 1.6-GHz output. The tunable oscillator has a 1.8% frequency variation over an ambient temperature range from 0°C to 85°C. The circuits were fabricated on a generic 0.5-μm digital CMOS process

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 3 )