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A novel design is presented about ROM-less direct digital frequency synthesizer (DDFS) using phase to sinusoid amplitude conversion blocks based on the two segment fourth-order parabolic approximation. The mathematical maximum error analysis shows that the resolution is up to 14 bits. In order to reduce the hardware complexity without sacrificing speed, the squarer and constant multipliers have been decomposed and optimized. The whole architecture has been split into twenty pipelining stages with a 200 MHz clock rate and a single phase output up to 50 MHz. Meanwhile, because the sine and cosine phase to amplitude modules share the same hardware, reduction of hardware complexity and power consumption can be achieved. Spectral purity analysis shows that the worst case spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) is about -90 dBc. The implementation demonstrates that the proposed DDFS architecture can be realized with a smaller hardware scale and lower power consumption than many other existing approaches.
Date of Publication: May 2009