Design of CMOS RFIC UWB carrier-less and carrier-based transmitters Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents new carrier-based and carrier-less ultra-wideband (UWB) transmitter architectures and their CMOS implementation. The carrier-based transmitter designed using a 0.18-m CMOS process adopts a double-stage switching to enhance RF-power efficiency, reduce dc-power consumption and circuit complexity, and increase switching speed and isolation. Measurement results show that the generated UWB signal can vary from 2 V peak-topeak with 3-dB 4-ns pulse width to 1 V with 0.5 ns, covering 10-dB signal bandwidths from 0.5 to 4 GHz, respectively. The generated UWB signal can be tuned to cover the entire UWB frequency range of 3.1 to 10.6 GHz. The carrier-less transmitter integrates tuning delay circuit, square-wave generator, impulse-forming circuit, and pulse-shaping circuit in a single chip using a standard low-cost 0.25-m CMOS process. It can generate monocycle pulse and Gaussiantype impulse (without the pulse-shaping circuitry) signals with tunable pulse duration. Measured results show that the carrier-less transmitter can produce 0.3-0.6 V peak-to-peak monocycle pulse with 140-350 ps tunable pulse-duration and 0.5-1.3 V peak-to-peak impulse signal with 100-300 ps tunable pulse-duration. IJTech 2011.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Technology

author list (cited authors)

  • Miao, M., Xu, R., Jin, Y., & Nguyen, C.

complete list of authors

  • Miao, M||Xu, R||Jin, Y||Nguyen, C

publication date

  • July 2011