Symbolic Characterization of VCOs and its Application to Optimization Based Design

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This chapter addresses the application of symbolic techniques on the characterization of ring Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCO). The symbolic characterization of the VCOs comprises both the frequency-control voltage response and a simplified formula for evaluating the phase-noise in the oscillator. Two methodologies are shown for generating the frequency-control voltage response. The first one is based on the evaluation of the delay introduced by each VCO delay cell. In the second an approximate expression for the equivalent resistance of each VCO delay cell load is considered, and used for deriving the VCO model. The adoption of the proposed methodologies to submicron transistor sizes is illustrated. The application of the VCO characterization into an optimization based design is described.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationDesign of Analog Circuits through Symbolic Analysis
EditorsMourad Fakhfakh
Place of PublicationSharjah
PublisherBentham Science Publishers
ISBN (Print)978-1-60805-425-1/978-1-60805-095-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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