Salvatore Levantino

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—A new concept for quadrature coupling of oscil-lators is introduced and demonstrated on a 5-GHz CMOS voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO). It uses the second harmonic of the outputs to couple the oscillators. The technique provides quadrature over a wide tuning range without introducing any increase in phase noise or power consumption. The VCO is tunable(More)
This paper proposes a complete analysis of quadrature-coupled LC oscillators. These oscillators operate off-resonance and for this reason, their phase noise worsens at increasing coupling strength. Since the coupling transistors raise the total power consumption, the noise-power product degrades further with respect to a stand-alone oscillator. On the other(More)
—This paper presents a digital scrambling technique to improve the linearity of flash time-to-digital converters (TDCs) with sub-gate-delay time resolution. Thanks to this approach, a flash TDC using N time arbiters behaves as a quasi-stochastic TDC with an equivalent number of samples equal to N 2 , at the negligible area cost of doubling the number of(More)
— Amplitude-to-phase-noise conversion due to varactors can severely limit the close-in phase noise performance in LC-tuned oscillators. This work proposes a rigorous analysis of this phenomenon, which highlights the fundamental limitations of single-ended tuned and differentially-tuned diode varactor configurations. The back-to-back varactor topology is(More)