Next-Generation RF Front-End Design Methods for Direct ΔΣ Receivers

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  • Ericsson Oy

Abstract

RF-to-digital conversion is a recent approach to digital-intensive wireless receiver operation. Such converters often employ delta-sigma ΔΣ) modulation to transcend the traditional divide between receiver RF front-ends and baseband analog-to-digital converters (ADC). Research on the direct delta-sigma receiver (DDSR) architecture is one example of the emergence of next-generation ΔΣ modulators. It embeds a direct conversion receiver front-end as part of a feedback-type ΔΣ modulator structure with an active loop filter, which extends ADC operation to RF and changes the role of the low-noise amplifier (LNA) and mixing stages. RF-to-digital converters thus merge the two formerly separate design domains, requiring a paradigm shift in both RF and ADC design methods. Accordingly, this paper uses the DDSR as an example to bridge the gap between RF and ADC design, by providing a systematic understanding of the role, modeling, and design strategy of the related complete RF front-end. Most importantly, the analysis produces new design equations that link analog RF stage properties to their continuous-time (CT) ΔΣ modulator coefficients, thus providing a useful circuit design tool.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number7343738
Pages (from-to)514-524
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE JOURNAL ON EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS
Volume5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Circuit optimization, delta-sigma modulators, direct delta-sigma receiver, low noise amplifier, N-path filtering, noise shaping, radio-frequency circuits, CMOS, TRANSCEIVERS, MODULATORS, CONVERSION, ADC

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