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Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Randall Geiger


Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCO) and filters are the two main topics of focus in this dissertation.;A temperature and process compensated VCO, which is designed to operate at 2 GHz, and whose frequency variation due to incoming data is limited to 1% of its center frequency was presented. The test results show that, without process changes present, the frequency variation due to a temperature change over 0°C to 100°C is around 1.1% of its center frequency. This is a reduction of a factor of 10 when compared to the temperature variation of a conventional VCO.;A new method of designing continuous-time monolithic filters derived from well-known voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) was introduced. These VCO-derived filters are capable of operating at very high frequencies in standard CMOS processes. Prototype low-pass and band-pass filters designed in a TSMC 0.25 mum process are discussed. Simulation results for the low-pass filter designed for a cutoff frequency of 4.3 GHz show a THD of -40 dB for a 200 mV peak-peak sinusoidal input. The band-pass filter has a resonant frequency programmable from 2.3 GHz to 3.1 GHz, a programmable Q from 3 to 85, and mid-band THD of -40 dB for an 80 mV peak-peak sinusoidal input signal.;A third contribution in this dissertation was the design of a new current mirror with accurate mirror gain for low beta bipolar transistors. High mirror gain accuracy is achieved by using a split-collector transistor to compensate for base currents of the source-coupled.



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Huiting Chen



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