A low phase noise, wideband, mm-wave, integer-N PLL that is capable of supporting an 802.15.3c heterodyne transceiver is reported. The PLL can generate 6 equally spaced tones from 43.2 GHz to 51.84 GHz, which is suitable for a heterodyne architecture with F LO =(4/5) × F TRX . Phase noise is measured directly at the F LO frequency and is better than -97.5 dBc/Hz@1 MHz across the entire band. The reported frequency synthesizer is smaller, exhibits less phase noise, and consumes less power than prior art. In addition, the F LO tone corresponds to the fundamental of the VCO as opposed to a higher harmonic.
- 60 GHz
- phase noise