A new constant-Q CMOS active inductor with applications to low-noise oscillators

A. Tang, F. Yuan, E. Law

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This paper investigates the dependence of the quality factor of CMOS active inductors on the signal swing of the inductors and its impact on the phase noise of LC-tank oscillators employing the active inductors. A new CMOS active inductor with a nearly constant quality factor is proposed. Two 4-GHz LC oscillators with and without constant-Q active inductors have been implemented in UMC-0.13 μm 1.2 V CMOS technology and analyzed using SpectreRF from Cadence with BSIM3V3 device models. Simulation results demonstrate the phase noise of the oscillator with the constant-Q active inductor is -118dBc/Hz at 1 MHz frequency offset.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalAnalog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Constant-Q active inductors
  • Phase noise
  • Voltage-controlled oscillators


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