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Analysis, simulation and design of nonlinear RF circuits

Xu, Tao (2009) Analysis, simulation and design of nonlinear RF circuits. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

The PhD project consists of two parts. The first part concerns the development of Computer Aided Design (CAD) algorithms for high-frequency circuits. Novel Padébased algorithms for numerical integration of ODEs as arise in high-frequency circuits are proposed. Both single- and multi-step methods are introduced. A large part of this section of the research is concerned with the application of Filon-type integration techniques to circuits subject to modulated signals. Such methods are tested with analog and digital modulated signals and are seen to be very effective. The results confirm that these methods are more accurate than the traditional trapezoidal rule and Runge-Kutta methods. The second part of the research is concerned with the analysis, simulation and design of RF circuits with emphasis on injection-locked frequency dividers (ILFD) and digital delta-sigma modulators (DDSM). Both of these circuits are employed in fractional-N frequency synthesizers. Several simulation methods are proposed to capture the locking range of an ILFD, such as the Warped Multi-time Partial Differential Equation (WaMPDE) and the Multiple-Phase-Condition Envelope Following (MPCENV) methods. The MPCENV method is the more efficient and accurate simulation technique and it is recommended to obviate the need for expensive experiments. The Multi-stAge noise Shaping (MASH) digital delta-sigma modulator (DDSM) is simulated in MATLAB and analysed mathematically. A novel structure employing multimoduli, termed the MM-MASH, is proposed. The goal in this design work is to reduce the noise level in the useful frequency band of the modulator. The success of the novel structure in achieving this aim is confirmed with simulations.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:November 2009
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):Condon, Marissa
Subjects:Engineering > Electronics
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Electronic Engineering
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
Funders:SFI PI 05/IN.1/I18, Science Foundation Ireland
ID Code:14827
Deposited On:12 Nov 2009 12:12 by Marissa Condon. Last Modified 12 Nov 2009 12:12

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