Special Issue on High-Performance Frequency Synthesizers

OJ-SSCS Special Issue on High-Performance Frequency Synthesizers

Guest Editors:

Salvatore Levantino, Politecnico di Milano

Wanghua Wu, Samsung Semiconductor

Aim and scope:

Frequency synthesizers are among the most critical blocks in wireless, wireline, and digital clocking applications. Several advances have been done in recent years bringing the rms integrated jitter of multi-GHz frequency sources below the barrier of 100 fs, and demonstrating direct modulation of phase-locked loops at wide bandwidth. Next generation wireless applications ranging from 5G/6G wireless communications and sensing require local oscillators with even higher spectral purity, at lower power consumption and higher frequency. Clock generators at increasingly lower jitter is also demanded in wireline and digital clocking applications, as well as in clocking in ultra-high-resolution analog-to-digital converters.

This special issue aims to cover the latest advances in frequency synthesis circuits and systems to efficiently generate LO signals with low phase noise, low spurious tones, and large modulation bandwidth. The issue aims to target designs for high-performance local oscillators in wireless communications, millimeter-wave frequency synthesis, radar systems, low-power sensor networks, wireline applications, and clock generation for digital systems. Original research contributions describing new integrated circuits and systems are desired, along with in-depth and comprehensive review articles.  

Topics of interest:

  • Frequency synthesizers for wireless communications

  • Millimeter-wave frequency synthesizer architectures

  • Frequency synthesizers for radar systems

  • Low-power frequency synthesis for sensor networks

  • Direct phase/frequency modulators

  • Phase-locked loops for wireline applications

  • Clock generation for digital systems


Submission Deadline: May 24th, 2024