SHI Zuochen, YANG Yintang, LI Di, LIU Yang. A Fully-Integrated Low-Power Analog Front-End for ZigBee Transmitter Applications[J]. Chinese Journal of Electronics, 2016, 25(3): 424-431. doi: 10.1049/cje.2016.05.006
Citation: SHI Zuochen, YANG Yintang, LI Di, LIU Yang. A Fully-Integrated Low-Power Analog Front-End for ZigBee Transmitter Applications[J]. Chinese Journal of Electronics, 2016, 25(3): 424-431. doi: 10.1049/cje.2016.05.006

A Fully-Integrated Low-Power Analog Front-End for ZigBee Transmitter Applications

doi: 10.1049/cje.2016.05.006
Funds:  This work is supported by the Fundamental Research Fund for the Central Universities of China and the Technology and Engineering (Product group) Project of Shaanxi Province (No.2014KTCQ01-06).
  • Received Date: 2014-04-11
  • Rev Recd Date: 2015-03-25
  • Publish Date: 2016-05-10
  • A low-power high-linearity Analog frontend (AFE) composed by a Digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and a Low-pass filter (LPF) is proposed in this paper for ZigBee transmitter applications. The DAC is realized by current-steering topology which adopts an optimized segmentation method to resolve the contradiction between requirements of linearity and power. A Successive approximation register (SAR) frequency auto-tuning operation is presented for the LPF to accommodate the performance deterioration due to the Process, voltage and temperature (PVT) variations. Implemented in a 0.13μm CMOS technology, the proposed AFE has been fully integrated in a ZigBee transceiver chip with an area of 0.23mm2. The experimental results demonstrate that it achieves a linearity of 30dBm Output 3rd order intercept point (OIP3) and dissipates 4.75mA from a 1.2V supply.
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