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A Polyphase Multipath Technique for Software-Defined Radio Transmitters

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5 Author(s)
Shrestha, R. ; IC Design Group, Twente Univ., Enschede ; Klumperink, E.A.M. ; Mensink, E. ; Wienk, G.J.M.
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Transmitter circuits using large signal swings and hard-switched mixers are power-efficient, but also produce unwanted harmonics and sidebands, which are commonly removed using dedicated filters. This paper presents a polyphase multipath technique to relax or eliminate filters by canceling a multitude of harmonics and sidebands. Using this technique, a wideband and flexible power upconverter with a clean output spectrum is realized in 0.13-mum CMOS, aiming at a software-defined radio application. Prototype chips operate from DC to 2.4 GHz with spurs smaller than -40 dBc up to the 17th harmonic (18-path mode) or 5th harmonic (6-path mode) of the transmit frequency, without tuning or calibration. The transmitter delivers 8 mW of power to a 100-Omega load (2.54 Vpp-diff voltage swing) and the complete chip consumes 228 mW from a 1.2-V supply. It uses no filters, but only digital circuits and mixers

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 12 )