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This paper introduces a ΔΣ fractional-N digital PLL based on a single-bit TDC. A digital-to-time converter, placed in the feedback path, cancels out the quantization noise introduced by the dithering of the frequency divider modulus and permits to achieve low noise at low power. The PLL is implemented in a standard 65-nm CMOS process. It achieves - 102-dBc/Hz phase noise at 50-kHz offset and a total absolute jitter below 560 fsrms (integrated from 3 kHz to 30 MHz), even in the worst-case of a -42-dBc in-band fractional spur. The synthesizer tuning range spans from 2.92 GHz to 4.05 GHz with 70-Hz resolution. The total power consumption is 4.5 mW, which leads to the best jitter-power trade-off obtained with a fractional-N synthesizer. The synthesizer demonstrates the capability of frequency modulation up to 1.25-Mb/s data rate.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2011