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PhD Final Oral Examination – Hyuk Sun


Thursday, December 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A Wide and PVT-Tolerable Spread-Spectrum Modulation Clock Generator
This dissertation presents a phase domain in-loop-bandwidth spread-spectrum clock generation technique. In this proposed technique, a charge-based discrete-time loop filter is proposed to enable the phase domain in-loop-bandwidth spread-spectrum modulation without a delta-sigma modulator or time-to-digital converter. This in-loop-bandwidth modulation technique maximizes the loop bandwidth to improve phase noise suppression in a ring-based voltage-controlled oscillator. The phase domain modulation is established to eliminate a delta-sigma modulator that presents an undesirable power and noise trade-off. An analog domain phase modulation in the proposed modulation technique eliminates a time-to-digital converter that results in inevitable quantization noise.

The proposed technique delivers a wide and PVT-tolerable spread-spectrum modulation range with significantly relaxed PVT sensitivity. Since the proposed discrete-time loop filter acquires and filters signals in the charge domain, this loop filter supports good linearity for a wide modulation range. PVT variations in the loop filter and the voltage-controlled oscillator are significantly relaxed by the loop gain. The nonlinearity of the voltage-controlled oscillator gain (KVCO) and loop filter is also attenuated due to the loop gain. Their distortion are negligible for the spread-spectrum modulation linearity. In addition, a correlated double sampling technique is leveraged to minimize 1/f noise and DC offset of the proposed discrete-time loop filter.

This dissertation discusses design trade-offs: between reference frequency and spread-spectrum modulation range, and between the spread-spectrum modulation range and jitter performance. From time and spectral domain measurements for various reference frequencies, a higher reference frequency results in better jitter performances, but also a narrow spread-spectrum modulation range. In addition, time domain jitter measurements are compared to spectral domain jitter calculations from a closed-loop output phase noise measurement.

This wide and PVT-tolerable spread spectrum technique is implemented in a 0.18µm CMOS, while consuming 9.93mW with a 1.8V power supply. The proposed charge-based discrete-time loop filter consumes less than 10% of the total power, and the spread-spectrum modulation component requires less than 5% of the total power. This wide range spread-spectrum clock generation technique achieves 0.8% and 3.2% spread-spectrum modulation range with 22.76dB and 26.51dB spread-spectrum attenuation for 2MHz and 8MHz reference frequencies, respectively. The measured absolute jitter is 62.72psrms and 18.72psrms for 2MHz and 8MHz reference frequencies, respectively. The measured period jitter is 961.2fsrms and 988.1fsrms for 2MHz and 8MHz reference frequencies, respectively. Finally, a 142% change in KVCO results in less than 298ppm modulation range error, which confirms the PVT-tolerable modulation.

Co-Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon
Co-Major Advisor: Tejasvi Anand
Committee: Gabor Temes
Committee: Kartikeya Mayaram
GCR: William H. Warnes


Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
1005
Nicole Thompson
1 541 737 3617
Nicole.Thompson at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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