A sub-picosecond resolution 0.5–1.5 GHz digital-to-phase converter


Hanumolu Kumar, Kratyuk Volodymyr, Gu Wei, and Moon Un-Ku. 2/2008. “A sub-picosecond resolution 0.5–1.5 GHz digital-to-phase converter.” IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, 43, 2, Pp. 414–424. Publisher's Version


A digital-to-phase converter (DPC) is an essential building block in applications such as source-synchronous interfaces and digital phase modulators. The resolution of DPCs using analog phase interpolators is severely affected by the operating frequency and rise times of the interpolator inputs. In this paper, we present a new DPC architecture that achieves high resolution independent of both the operating frequency and the rise time. The 8 phases generated by a phase-locked loop are dithered using a delta-sigma modulator to shape the truncation error to high frequency and is subsequently filtered using a delay-locked loop phase filter. The test chip, fabricated in a 0.13 mum CMOS process, operates from 0.5 -1.5 GHz and achieves a differential nonlinearity of less than plusmn0.1 ps and an integral nonlinearity of plusmn12 ps. The total power consumption while operating at 1 GHz is 15 mW.
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