Low Power Adaptive Circuits: An Adaptive Log Domain Filter and A Low Power Temperature Insensitive Oscillator Applied in Smart Dust Radio

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This dissertation focuses on exploring two low power adaptive circuits. One is an adaptive filter at audio frequency for system identification. The other is a temperature insensitive oscillator for low power radio frequency communication.

The adaptive filter is presented with integrated learning rules for model reference estimation. The system is a first order low pass filter with two parameters: gain and cut-off frequency. It is implemented using multiple input floating gate transistors to realize online learning of system parameters. Adaptive dynamical system theory is used to derive robust control laws in a system identification task. Simulation results show that convergence is slower using simplified control laws but still occurs within milliseconds. Experimental results confirm that the estimated gain and cut-off frequency track the corresponding parameters of the reference filter. During operation, deterministic errors are introduced by mismatch within the analog circuit implementation. An analysis is presented which attributes the errors to current mirror mismatch. The harmonic distortion of the filter operating in different inversion is analyzed using EKV model numerically.

The temperature insensitive oscillator is designed for a low power wireless network. The system is based on a current starved ring oscillator implemented using CMOS transistors instead of LC tank for less chip area and power consumption. The frequency variance with temperature is compensated by the temperature adaptive circuits. Experimental results show that the frequency stability from 5°C to 65°C has been improved 10 times with automatic compensation and at least 1 order less power is consumed than published competitors. This oscillator is applied in a 2.2GHz OOK transmitter and a 2.2GHz phase locked loop based FM receiver.

With the increasing needs of compact antenna, possible high data rate and wide unused frequency range of short distance communication, a higher frequency phase locked loop used for BFSK receiver is explored using an LC oscillator for its capability at 20GHz. The success of frequency demodulation is demonstrated in the simulation results that the PLL can lock in 0.5μs with 35MHz lock-in range and 2MHz detection resolution. The model of a phase locked loop used for BFSK receiver is analyzed using Matlab.