Low 1/f(3) Noise Corner LC-VCO Design Using Flicker Noise Filtering Technique in 22nm FD-SOI

Zhiwei Zong, Giovanni Mangraviti, Piet Wambacq

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This paper presents a K/Ka-band voltage biased differential LC-VCO in 22nm FD-SOI achieving a 1/f3 corner below 18 kHz and a figure-of-merit (FOM) at 1 MHz offset frequency of 188190 dBc/Hz over the tuning range. Thanks to the flicker noise filtering technique, flicker noise upconversion can be suppressed significantly without degrading the phase noise (PN) in the 1/f2 region. The difference in connection of the switched-capacitor bank (SCB) over the VCO tuning range is taken into account in our analysis of flicker noise filtering. The VCO uses differential source degeneration with a self-coupled inductor that is used for layout compactness and common-mode (CM) resonance manipulation. To obtain a low 1/f3 corner over the tuning range, a common centroid layout technique is used for the SCB. The post-layout simulation shows that the 1/f3 corner is well below 50 kHz over the tuning range in different process corners. The PN@1 MHz and PN@100 kHz are-110.2 dBc/Hz and-89.9 dBc/Hz, respectively, at the center of the tuning range with a power consumption of 8.8 mW.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9014529
Pages (from-to)1469-1480
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • K/Ka-band
  • LC-VCO
  • flicker noise suppression
  • FD-SOI


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