Design and implementation of mm-wave frequency synthesizer in advanced CMOS technology

Design and implementation of mm-wave frequency synthesizer in advanced CMOS technology

​Background
The exponential growth of mobile communication systems and the increased demand for high data rates necessitate the use of available mm-wave spectrum. Therefore highly anticipated 5G standard is going to use such frequencies for this purpose. The frequency synthesizer is a key component in such a wireless communication system.
 
Objectives
The design of high performance phase locked loop (PLL) frequency synthesizer is a crucial task. The building blocks of the PLL are first to be designed. A system model is then to be constructed to calculate PLL characteristics and the output phase noise. Finally, the system is to be designed and implemented in a commercial state of the art CMOS SOI technology.
 
Qualifications
We expect the candidates to have a strong background in analogue and digital electronic circuit theory as well as microwave circuit design. Experience in CAD tools such as ADS and cadence is highly desired. In return the candidates will receive theoretical as well as practical support in the different project phases.
 
References
  1. [1] E. Hegazi, H. Sjoland and A. A. Abidi, "A filtering technique to lower LC oscillator phase noise," in IEEE JSSC, 2001.
  2. A. Mazzanti and P. Andreani, "Class-C Harmonic CMOS VCOs, With a General Result on Phase Noise," in IEEE JSSC, 2008
  3. M.Babaie, and R. B. Staszewski, "An Ultra-Low Phase Noise Class-F2 CMOS Oscillator With 191 dBc/Hz FoM and Long-Term Reliability," in IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, 2015.
  4. M.Babaie, and R. B. Staszewski, "A 57.9-to-68.3 GHz 24.6 mW Frequency SynthesizerWith In-Phase Injection-Coupled QVCO in 65 nm CMOS Technology," in IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, 2014.
  5. W. Egan “Frequency synthesis by phase lock”, Wiley, 1999
 
More information

30hp Master Thesis work at Microwave Electronics Laboratory/MC2
Two students are needed for this project

Mohammed Abdulaziz (mohammed.abdulaziz@chalmers.se), tel. 0761871598
Dan Kuylenstierna (dan.kuylenstierna@chalmers.se), tel. 0723526105
Zhongxia Simon He (zhongxia@chalmers.se)

Published: Tue 18 Apr 2017. Modified: Wed 09 Jan 2019