Design and Modeling of RF Circuits

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Design and Modeling of RF Circuits

using Design of Experiments





Department of Electrical Engineering

IIT Bombay, Mumbai

400076, INDIA.

VLSI Consortium workshop

29 Oct. 2010


Challenges in RF Circuit Design


Design Challenges


Modeling Challenges

Introduction to DOE

Robust Optimization and ANOVA.

Final Design of Oscillator

Case study 1 : Improving Signal Integrity


Statistical Analysis





Case study 2 :

Low Phase Noise Oscillator

Work in progress


Improving Accuracy in Modeling

Future Work


Phase Noise Modeling of Ring Oscillator


To apply DOE to RF active circuits, to improve and
model their output characteristics.

To develop systematic approach of circuit
design/modeling, using Robust Design approach.

Design Challenges : CMOS Differential
LC Oscillator

Generally used as an Local Oscillator (LO).

Desired frequency can be achieved by setting L
and C.

As the oscillation frequency increases, phase
noise decreases.

How to design at a particular frequency with
minimum phase noise ???


as phase noise will be set lower, frequency will

change !!!

Designing Low Phase Noise Oscillator

Designing a CMOS differential LC tank oscillator with minimum phase

The library used is UMC 180 nm


The design variables are :


Finger number of transistors,


Inductor top metal width,


Inductor inner diameter,


Length of unit square of capacitor, and


Width of unit square of capacitor.

Importance of Phase Noise ?



of communication is characterized by Phase Noise.


Transceivers have more probability of interference.


SNR of a communication system may get affected.

Oscillator Circuit implemented in ADS

Design Variables (Physical) or Control
Factors for DOE

1) Width of Transistor M1 (Finger no. w1)

2) Width of Transistor M2 (Finger no. w2)

3) Width of Transistor M3 (Finger no. w3)

4) Width of Transistor M4 (Finger no. w4)

5) Width of Transistor M5 (Finger no. w5)

6) Width of finger of Inductor (w6)

7) Width of Capacitor (w7)

8) Diameter of finger of Inductor (d)

9) Length of Capacitor (l)

Quality Engineering

“Quality Engineering” is a branch of engineering
that deals with the yield and the quality of the

DOE techniques are used for Robust
Optimization of an RF Oscillator.

For Orthogonal Experiments, Taguchi Methods
are used to optimize the system.

Design Of Experiments (DOE)

Method to efficiently design a system to maintain
it’s important output parameters within the
robustness limits of the functionality of the system

Full Factorial Experiments

It considers all the possible combinations and
based on the results, optimization is performed. E.g.
in our circuit there will be 2*(3)^7 = 4374

Fractional Factorials


This method facilitates to perform only certain
combinations out of all the possible combinations.

The set of experiments can be defined either by an
orthogonal array, or by forming a subgroup of the
direct product of

groups of orders equal to
the number of levels of each factor [6].

In our case, we are performing 50 certain
combinations i.e. experiments, instead of
about 1.9 million experiments.

These combinations are taken according to
Orthogonal Array (L

For 9 parameters, the available table is
L50(2^1, 5^11).

Orthogonal Arrays provide best possible
information in least no. of simulations.

Analysis of Variance

It is also called ANOVA.

ANOVA can find out the % contribution of
each factor for the output quality parameter.

Consider a set of n experiments with k design

In ANOVA, mean of all the responses is
calculated. Based on the variance of each
response from the mean, the variance
contributed by each factor is calculated.

By ANOVA, % effect of each factor can
also be calculated.

Additive Model for factor effects

Robust Optimization

Robust optimization means to optimize a design
in such a way that it will certainly work
according to the specifications for which it is
desired to work.

Robust Optimization assures the proper
functioning of the system.


for Robust Optimization

Taguchi optimization of Active

DOE are widely used in electronic
industry for getting better yields [1].

Literature is available for the same, but
most of them talk about passive circuit
optimization or device optimization [2

This is an attempt to optimize active
circuits using DOE and Taguchi methods.

Signal Integrity ensures reliable transmission at
higher speeds.

Oscillators are generally used in transceivers,
where we need good SI because the received
signal is already distorted.

The main concern is to improve Eye Diagram.

Case Study 1 : Improving Eye Diagram of

RF Oscillator

Oscillator Circuit implemented in ADS

Design Parameters and their Levels

1) Width of Transistor M1 (Finger no. w1)

2) Width of Transistor M2 (Finger no. w2)

3) Width of Transistor M3 (Finger no. w3)

4) Width of Transistor M4 (Finger no. w4)

5) Width of Transistor M5 (Finger no. w5)

6) Width of finger of Inductor (w6)

7) Width of Capacitor (w7)

8) Diameter of finger of Inductor (d)

Design Parameter and their values at various Levels

Taguchi Orthogonal Array used for Optimization

Corresponding Results

Sensitivity coefficients vectors calculated
from Ordinary Least Square (OLS) methods

Sensitivity Coefficients for various output parameters

Linear additive models after replacing sensitivity coefficients

Factor Effects on Quality
parameters calculated by ANOVA

Optimization and Final Design

Results and Remarks

Jitter is about 158 psec (130%) reduced.

Eye Height is 1.12 V increased.

In addition of that, SNR is increased by

almost 87%.

Power consumption of optimized design is

16.93 mW compared to 17.67 mW of

standard design.

Case Study 2 : Designing Low Phase Noise 2

GHz Oscillator

The main concern is to reduce phase
noise with minimum deviation in
frequency of oscillation.

Design Parameters and their Levels

1) Width of transistor M1 (Finger no. w1)

2) Width of transistor M2 (Finger no. w2)

3) Width of transistor M3 (Finger no. w3)

4) Width of transistor M4 (Finger no. w4)

5) Width of transistor M5 (Finger no. w5)

6) Width of finger of Inductor (w6)

7) Width of unit square of capacitor (w7)

8) Diameter of finger of inductor (d)

9) Length of unit square of capacitor (l)

Values of Design Parameters at
various Levels

Array used for
Optimization (part of L

The same set of experiments was

performed at following temperatures :

1. 15

2. 25

3. 35

4. 45

5. 55



This is the case of “smaller the better” for phase

All the simulation results are converted in to their
logarithmic values (dB).

The overall mean is
36.27 dB.

Effect of ‘

and ‘

on phase noise are 46% and 45%

Effect of ‘
on phase noise is 2% but on frequency is

From the factor effect plot, it is obvious that


are the most dominating factors for phase noise.

The effect of

is a comparatively lesser but

The effects of all other factors are very less

From the factor effect plot,

is the most dominating
factor for frequency variation.


is having 52% effect while

have 24%

The effects of all other factors are very less



‘l’ ,

should be set at level 5, or above
that if allowed.

This will lower the phase noise but the frequency will
be changed as well.

After adjusting both of the above parameters for
minimum phase noise,

should be set for minimum
frequency deviation.

Best Settings

After adjusting all the parameters, fine tuning, can be
done and

was also considered to tune frequency
at as near as possible, to the desired frequency.

Thus the best settings are :

w6 : 19 um

w7 : 70 um

d : 126 um

l : 51 um

All other parameters will be at initial values.


Comparison between initial and final designs


There is
3.4 dB
improvement in Phase Noise with
exact frequency (0 % deviation), just by varying the
design variables.

A step by step method is set for designing RF circuit
for achieving a desired output response.


Jai N.
, J.
, P. R.
“Designing Asymmetric 2.4
GHz RF Oscillator for Improving Signal Integrity by Design of
, accepted for IEEE Asia Pacific Conference on
Circuits and Systems for Communications, (APCCAS 2010),
Dec 2010, Kuala
, Malaysia.

Jai N.
, J.
, P. R.
; “
Designing Asymmetric 2.2
GHz RF Oscillator by Design of Experiments using Taguchi Methods
accepted for IEEE European Conference on Circuits and Systems
for Communications , (ECCSC’10), Nov. 23
25, Belgrade, Serbia.

Work in Progress

Increasing accuracy for model fitting.

Increasing the number of levels.

More number of levels can provide better

Using the curve fitting, Polynomials can be

Nonlinear optimization with some constraints
can be used later.

Impact of factor ‘L’ on Phase Noise : 5 level response fitted

as a polynomial.

Modeling Challenges for Phase
Noise (Future Work)

Phase Noise Modeling in RF Ring Oscillators.


Formula as a standard [8].


input phase error, loaded quality factor, center frequency and


There are other formulae in recent literature



of the whole circuit [9].


require FFT analysis [10].


require device parameters [11].



jitter and oscillation period [12].

Future Work (


All of the above mentioned method require
either computer simulations or intense
computing methods.

Work presented here, can be applied to phase
noise modeling for ring oscillators, additive
models can be found for various ring oscillators
of different stages.

Steps to be followed

Steps to be followed (



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Any Questions ????????

Thank You !!!