Design of the Low-Power Continuous-Time Sigma-Delta Modulator for Wideband Applications

광대역 시스템을 위한 저전력 시그마-델타 변조기

  • Received : 2017.12.05
  • Accepted : 2017.12.22
  • Published : 2017.12.31


In this paper, we present the design of a 20MHz bandwidth 3rd-order continuous-time low-pass sigma-delta modulator with low-noise and low-power consumption. The bandwidth of the system is sufficient to accommodate LTE and other wireless network standards. The 3rd-order low-pass filter with feed-forward architecture achieves the low-power consumption as well as the low complexity. The system uses 3bit flash quantizer to provide fast data conversion. The current-steering DAC achieves low-power and improved sensitivity without additional circuitries. Cross-coupled transistors are adopted to reduce the current glitches. The proposed system achieves a peak SNDR of 65.9dB with 20MHz bandwidth and power consumption of 32.65mW. The in-band IM3 is simulated to be 69dBc with 600mVp-p two tone input tones. The circuit is designed in a 0.18-um CMOS technology and is driven by 500MHz sampling rate signal.

본 논문에서는 20MHz 대역폭, 저잡음, 저전력의 3차 저역 통과 시그마-델타 모듈레이터를 개발한다. 본 시스템의 대역폭은 LTE 및 그 외 다른 광대역 무선통신 표준을 만족할 수 있다. Feed-forward 구조의 3차 저역 통과 필터를 통해 저전력 및 저복잡도를 실현한다. 개발된 시스템은 빠른 데이터 변환을 실현하기 위해 3bit-flash 타입의 양자화 회로를 사용하였다. Current-steering DAC의 경우 추가적인 회로 없이 높은 정확도와 낮은 전력 소모의 이유로 고안되었다. DAC의 입력 전압이 변할 경우 생기는 glitch들을 없애기 위해 cross-coupled 트랜시스터를 사용하여 glitch 상쇄(cancellation)를 실현하였다. 개발된 시스템은 32.65mW의 저전력 구현과 함께 65.9dB의 peak SNDR, 20MHz의 대역폭을 실현한다. 600mVp-p의 입력 two-tone 신호 입력 인가후의 IM3는 69dBc를 실현하였으며 TSMC의 0.18-um CMOS 공정을 이용하여 설계되었다.



Supported by : Hanbat National University


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