A mmWave Voltage-Controlled-Oscillator (VCO) for beyond 5G applications
While the fifth generation (5G) of wireless communication systems is being commercialized, research is currently being carried out on the next generation of wireless communication systems. To achieve higher data rate and due to spectrum congestion, the sixth generation (6G) is expected to operate at higher carrier frequencies, up to more than a 100GHz. For analog designers, this leads to several challenges, one of them being the generation of such frequencies with a jitter in the range of a few tens of femtoseconds while staying power efficient.
One of the most critical building blocks to generate a high-quality high-frequency clock is the Voltage-Controlled-Oscillator (VCO) that needs to produce very high frequencies while being low-power, showing tuning capabilities and exhibiting low noise. In this project, we will explore the design variable of such a VCO in the modern GlobalFoundries 22nm technology node to later implement a mmWave frequency synthesizer competing with the state-of-the-art.
- Analog Integrated Circuits (AIC)
- 20% Theory
- 80% Implementation