1.5-GHz voltage controlled oscillator with 3% tuning bandwidth using a two-pole DSBAR filter.
The design and performance of voltage controlled surface transverse wave oscillators (VCSTWO) in the lower gigahertz frequency range, operating on supply and tuning voltages in the 1.2 to 3.3 V range, and suitable for direct interfacing with the next generation CMOS circuits are presented. By applying the "boost" principle, as used in direct current (DC)-DC converters, to the design of the sustaining amplifier, the VCSTWO outputs are switched between 0 V and a positive peak value, exceeding the supply voltage Us, to provide safe CMOS-circuit switching while keeping the radio frequency (RF)/DC efficiency to a maximum for low DC power consumption. The investigated 1.0 and 2.5 GHz VCSTWO are varactor tuned feedback-loop oscillators stabilized with two-port surface transverse wave (STW) resonators. Each VCSTWO has a DC-coupled, high-impedance switched output to drive the CMOS circuit directly, and an additional sinusoidal 50 ohmz high-power reference output available for other low-noise system applications. Phase noise levels in the -103 to -115 dBc/Hz range at 1 kHz carrier offset are achieved with 1.0 GHz VCSTWO at a RF/DC efficiency in the 21 to 29% range. The 2.5 GHz prototypes demonstrate phase noise levels in the -97 to -102 dBc/Hz range at 1 kHz carrier offset, and efficiencies range between 8 and 15%.