A 54-GHz push-push VCO with wide tuning range in 0.18-μm CMOS technology

Tzuen Hsi Huang, Pen Li You, Kai Li Huang

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The design of a V-band 54-GHz push-push voltagecontrolled oscillator (VCO) with a wide tuning range is presented in this article. The circuit is fabricated using 0.18-μm CMOS technology. A new single-turn inductor structure with a smaller inductance, which can reduce the substrate loss, is adopted for the oscillator core to have the performances of low phase noise and a wide tuning range. Besides, a new technique that delivers the output signal from the common drain of the two-stage buffers has been proposed to enhance the output power. The VCO core dissipates 8.54 mW from a 2 V supply. The buffer stage consumes 10.11 mW for raising the measured output power level up to -25 dBm. The measured output phase noise at an offset of 1 MHz from the carrier frequency of 53.0 GHz is about -94.45 dBc/Hz. This VCO, with a tuning range of 2.68 GHz (4.9%), shows the tuning-related figure-of-merit FOMT of -170.12 dB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1480-1483
Number of pages4
JournalMicrowave and Optical Technology Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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