Frequency reference generator

Alexander Sebastian Delke* (Inventor), Mark Stefan Oude Alink (Inventor), Anne J. Annema (Inventor), Yanyu Jin (Inventor), Jos Verlinde (Inventor), Bram Nauta (Inventor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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A frequency reference generator includes ( i ) an integrated frequency source having drive circuitry that drives a reso nant ( e.g. , non - trimmable LC ) tank to generate an oscillator signal , ( ii ) at least one temperature sensor that generates at least one measured temperature signal , and ( iii ) a frequency adjustment circuit that adjusts the oscillator signal frequency to generate the frequency reference based on the measured temperature signal and a ( e.g. , sample - specific ) mapping from temperature to a corresponding frequency - adjustment parameter ( e.g. , a divisor value for a fractional frequency divider ) . In some embodiments , a Colpitts oscillator gener ates the oscillator signal based on the measured temperature signal , where the Colpitts oscillator has voltage / tempera ture - compensation circuitry that compensates for variations in power supply voltage and operating temperature . Such frequency reference generators achieve substantial PVT insensitivity with as little as a single 1T - trim or even no trim at all .
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberUS 11,018,625 B1
Priority date28/02/20
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2021


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