Article ID: 16.20181151
This paper presents a fractional-N frequency synthesizer for ultra high frequency radio frequency identification (UHF RFID) reader application. With the use of a novel parallel dual inductance resonator in the inductance and capacitance based voltage-controlled oscillator (LC_VCO), the resonator cavity loss was greatly reduced as well as the temperature drift was suppressed. At the same time, the loop linearity is improved by the use of operational amplifier tracking technology. The chip is fabricated in a 0.13μm RF CMOS technology with a single 1.2V power supply. The synthesizer provides a tuning range from 840MHz to 960MHz. The worst phase noise of -95dBc/Hz in band, -110dBc/Hz@100kHz offset, -135dBc/Hz@1MHz offset with a reference spur of -78dBc are measured at a center frequency of 920.125MHz. A 0.95ps integrated RMS jitter and an 18.5mW power dissipation are obtained at a temperature range from -40°C to 85°C.