Quadrature LC VCO with passive coupling and phase combining network

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2016-02-09

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O, Kenneth K.
Zhang, Jing
Sharma, Navneet

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United States Patent and Trademark Office

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A circuit and method for generating a signal is disclosed. The circuit includes a set of wide tuning LC tanks, a set of core transistors cross coupled to the set of wide tuning LC tanks, and a combining network coupled to the set of wide tuning LC tanks and the set of core transistors. The combining network further includes a set of inputs connected to the set of wide tuning LC tanks and the set of core transistors, a set of coupling transistors connected to the set of inputs, a set of source inductors connected to the set of coupling transistors, a coupling capacitor connected to the set of source inductors, a load resistor connected to the coupling capacitor. The combining network combines the set of inputs and the signal is delivered to the load resistor as a fourth order harmonic.

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