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PhD Final Oral Examination – Yang Xu

Thursday, March 16, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Power-Efficient Design Techniques and Architectures for Scalable Submicron Analog Circuits
As the CMOS process scales down to submicron, digital circuit performance improves, while reduced supply voltage and lower transistor intrinsic gain make it difficult to implement analog circuits in a power efficient manner. Therefore, it has become advantageous to shift more analog signal processing functions conventionally realized in voltage (analog) domain into utilizing charge or time as the variable that can be processed by mostly digital/passive circuits. In this thesis, both circuit-level techniques and architectures are proposed that are inherently compatible with transistor scaling in submicron CMOS, meanwhile achieving state-of-the-art performance and optimizing power efficiency.

The first part focuses on a highly reconfigurable charge-domain switched-gm-C biquad band-pass filter (BPF) topology that utilizes an interleaved semi-passive charge sharing technique. It uses only switches, capacitors, linearity-enhanced gm-stages and digital circuitry for a 3-phase non-overlapping clock scheme. Flexible tunability in both center frequency and -3dB bandwidth is achieved with a scaling-compatible implementation. A 4th-order BPF prototype operating at a 1.2GS/s sampling rate is designed with a cascade of two proposed biquads in a 65nm LPE CMOS process.

In the second part, a highly linear continuous-time low-pass filter (LPF) topology with source follower coupling is presented that achieves excellent power efficiency. It synthesizes a 3rd-order low-pass transfer function in a single stage using coupled source followers and three capacitors, and can be configured to 2nd-order by disconnecting a capacitor. A 5th-order Butterworth prototype is designed with a cascade of two proposed filter stages in a 0.18μm CMOS, and occupies a core area of 0.12mm2.

A pseudo-differential-VCO based 2nd-order continuous-time ΔΣ ADC with a residue self-coupling technique is proposed and implemented with mostly digital circuits in the third part. Two VCOs are arranged in a pseudo-differential manner. The digital output is obtained by comparing the sampled output phase of one VCO with that of the other. Passive subtraction is realized in current domain to obtain the residue at the VCO input. The residue self-coupling is implemented using a linear 1st-order transconductance low-pass filter (TCLPF). Moreover, a highly linear VCO topology is presented.

Major Advisor: Un-Ku Moon
Committee: Gabor Temes
Committee: Arun Natarajan
Committee: Tejasvi Anand
GCR: Michelle Dolgos

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Calvin Hughes
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Calvin.Hughes at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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