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A 5-GHz Subharmonic Injection-Locked Oscillator and Self-Oscillating Mixer

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3 Author(s)
Fotis C. Plessas ; Dept. of Telecommun. Sci. & Technol., Univ. of Peloponnese, Tripoli ; A. Papalambrou ; G. Kalivas

This paper presents a multifunctional circuit realizing the functions of oscillation, mixing, amplification, and frequency multiplication at 5 GHz. A theoretical and experimental description of the circuit is given. The proposed circuit, which combines both the injection-locking and mixing processes, uses only one port where both the RF/intermediate frequency signal and the injection signal (IS) are applied. The IS, which is used to stabilize the oscillation, is at a subharmonic of the oscillation frequency (omegaosc/4) having a power level as low as -50 dBm. Calculations of the phase noise and measurements of the mixing properties are reported which indicate a noise improvement, and a high up-conversion gain. The implementation of the circuit exhibits an up-conversion gain of 14 dB, a phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz at 100-kHz offset, a dB of -15 dBm, a third-order intercept point of -2 dBm, and a power consumption of 35 mW. Calculated and measured results are in good agreement for all cases, emphasizing the relevance of the proposed circuit.

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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 7 )