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All-digital transmitter based on ADPLL and phase synchronized delta sigma modulator
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for Intelligence in Paper and Packaging, iPACK. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic Systems.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic Systems. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for Intelligence in Paper and Packaging, iPACK. (iPack)
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic Systems. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for Intelligence in Paper and Packaging, iPACK.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronic Systems. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for Intelligence in Paper and Packaging, iPACK. (iPack)
2011 (English)In: Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC), 2011 IEEE, IEEE , 2011, 1-4 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A novel architecture of all-digital polar transmitters is proposed, mainly composed of an all digital PLL (ADPLL) for phase modulation, a 1-bit low-pass delta sigma (ΔΣ) modulator for envelop modulation and a high efficiency class-D PA. The low noise ADPLL and high oversample ΔΣ modulator relax filter design, enabling the use of a on-chip filter. The differential signaling scheme enhances the power of the fundamental tone and suppresses DC and high harmonics. The transmitter was fabricated in a 90nm digital CMOS process, occupying 1.4 mm2. The measurement results demonstrate effectiveness of the architecture. The digital transmitter consumes 58 mW power from a 1 V supply, delivering a 6.81-dBm output.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE , 2011. 1-4 p.
Series
IEEE, ISSN 1529-2517
Keyword [en]
ADPLL, All digital, Delta Sigma, polar transmitter, transmitter
National Category
Telecommunications
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-62144DOI: 10.1109/RFIC.2011.5940595Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79960766547ISBN: 978-1-4244-8293-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-62144DiVA: diva2:479877
Conference
Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC), 2011 IEEE
Projects
iPack Vinn Excellence Center
Note
QC 20120201Available from: 2012-02-15 Created: 2012-01-18 Last updated: 2013-02-28Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. All Digital Polar Transmitter Design for Software Defined Radio: Architecture and Low Power Circuit Implementation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>All Digital Polar Transmitter Design for Software Defined Radio: Architecture and Low Power Circuit Implementation
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The evolving wireless communication technology is aiming highdata rate, high mobility, long distance and at the meantime, co-existwith various different standards. This developing trend requires ahighly linear transceiver system and it causes the problem of lowefficiency due to the large crest factor of signals. On the other hand,with process scaling, digital blocks are occupying more functions andchip area than before, to fully utilize the digital process low poweradvantage and save design cost, hardware reuse is preferable. Theconcept of Software Defined Radio (SDR) is raised to make thesystem more adaptable to multiple communication standards withminimal hardware resources.

In this doctoral dissertation work, the software defined radioarchitecture especially the all-digital polar transmitter architecture isexplored. System level comparison on different transmitter topologiesis carried out in the first place. Direct conversion, out-phasing andpolar transmitter topologies are compared. Based on the system levelevaluation, a Lowpass Sigma Delta Modulation (LPSDM) digitalpolar transmitter is designed under 90nm CMOS process andpackaged in QFN32. 19.3% peak efficiency and 11.4dBm outputpower is measured under single 1.0V supply. The constellationmeasurement achieved 5.08% for 3pi/8PSK modulation and 7.01%for QAM16 modulation output. The measurement on the packagedtransmitter AM/AM and AM/PM also demonstrated the linearity andpower efficiency performance under low voltage environment. This verified the possibility for a fully SDR solution in the future.

As a specific application and genuine creation, the UHF RFIDstandard is mapped into digital polar transmitter architecture. System level simulation is performed and transient signal parameters areextracted. To prove the SDR possibility, the system is fully designedby VHDL language and downloaded into FPGA hardware with highspeed serial port. The measured results confirm the possibility of thedigital polar transmitter architecture potential in SDR systemrealization.

Based on the design and verification of two different systems, themethodology for digital implementation of linear transmitter systemis developed and the skill to carry out optimization and measurementis also possessed. In conclusion, the academic publication andverification proved the feasibility of digital polar transmitterapplication in linear system and point out the direction for a fullySDR realization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. xviii, 96, 13, 17 p.
Series
Trita-ICT-ECS AVH, ISSN 1653-6363 ; 12:10
Keyword
Switching Power Amplifier, All Digital Polar Transmitter, Lowpass Sigma Delta Modulation, Software Defined Radio, RFID, H-Bridge Architecture, Resonating, Filter Matching Network.
National Category
Computer Systems
Research subject
SRA - ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-116861 (URN)978-91-7501-614-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-02-22, Forum Sal-D, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 09:00 (English)
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Supervisors
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iPack
Note

QC 20130129

Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-28 Last updated: 2013-01-29Bibliographically approved
2. Low Noise Oscillator in ADPLL toward Direct-to-RF All-digital Polar Transmitter
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Low Noise Oscillator in ADPLL toward Direct-to-RF All-digital Polar Transmitter
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In recent years all-digital or digitally-intensive RF transmitters (TX) have attracted great attention in both literature and industry. The motivation is to implement RF circuits in a manner suiting advanced nanometer CMOS processes. To achieve that, information is encoded in the time-domain rather than voltage amplitude. This enables RF design to also benefit from CMOS process scaling. In this thesis an improved architecture of a digitally-intensive transmitter is proposed and validated experimentally. The techniques to lower oscillator phase noise and all-digital phase-locked loop (ADPLL) quantization noise are discussed and proved by both simulation and measurements.

The impact of device sizing on 1/f^2 phase noise is analyzed and validated by measurements. Seven oscillators in 180-nm CMOS with the same LC-tank, operation frequency and power consumption but different core device width are compared. The conclusion clarify the different suggestions on device sizing in the literature. It is illustrated that tail noise contribution is strongly positive dependent to core device sizing, while the contribution of core devices themselves is weakly dependent. Measurements demonstrate that there is a 14-dB phase noise increase when sizing core devices from 40 um to 280 um in the case of noisy tail current. If tail current is clean, the increase is only 4 dB.  For 1/f^3 phase noise, the investigation reveals that the capacitance modulation is the dominant factor accounting for the 1/f or flick noise up-conversion, which is proved by measurements of 180-nm CMOS designs.   A class-C oscillator with ensured start-up and constant amplitude is presented. It achieves a 3.9-dB phase noise reduction in theory and 5-dB reduction in measurements, compared to a conventional LC-tank oscillator operating at the same frequency and power. With the help of a digital bias voltage and bias current control loop, a 191 Figure-of-Merit (FoM) is achieved, showing the ability for low power and noise application.   The previous oscillator optimization techniques have been applied in designing a digital controlled oscillator (DCO) for an ADPLL. A fine tuning varactor is proposed to reduce quantization noise, achieving a frequency step of only several hundreds Hz. In order to measure this small frequency step when the DCO is free-running, a method based on the narrow-band frequency modulation (FM) theory is proposed. The ADPLL wide-band FM is fulfilled by using a digital two-point modulation so that the modulation bandwidth is not limited by the ADPLL loop dynamic.

Finally an all-digital polar TX is proposed based on an improved architecture. The ADPLL is used for FM while a one-bit low-pass Sigma Delta modulator using the phase modulated ADPLL output as the clock accomplishes amplitude modulation. A simple AND gate is adopted to increase the fundamental power as mixers. A class-D power amplifier stages diliver 6.8-dBm power to antenna through a on-chip band-pass pre-filter. The filter also acts as single-ended to differential-end conversion and matching network.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. xi, 97 p.
Series
Trita-ICT-ECS AVH, ISSN 1653-6363 ; 13:03
Keyword
all-digital, digitally-intensive, frequency modualtion, phase modulation, amplitude modulation, polar, transmitter, oscillator, digital controled oscillator, DCO, VCO, voltage controled oscillator, class-C oscillator, class-D PA, ADPLL, phase noise, RF, CMOS.
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-118818 (URN)978-91-7501-643-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-03-13, Sal D, KTH-Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2013-02-28 Created: 2013-02-28 Last updated: 2013-02-28Bibliographically approved

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