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High Frequency Communication and Sensing
Traveling-Wave Techniques

ISBN 9781138893702
Published April 16, 2018 by CRC Press
152 Pages

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Book Description

High Frequency Communication and Sensing: Traveling-Wave Techniques introduces novel traveling wave circuit techniques to boost the performance of high-speed circuits in standard low-cost production technologies, like complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS). A valuable resource for experienced analog/radio frequency (RF) circuit designers as well as undergraduate-level microelectronics researchers, this book:

  • Explains the basics of high-speed signaling, such as transmission lines, distributed signaling, impedance matching, and other common practical RF background material
  • Promotes a dual-loop coupled traveling wave oscillator topology, the trigger mode distributed wave oscillator, as a high-frequency multiphase signal source
  • Introduces a force-based starter mechanism for dual-loop, even-symmetry, multiphase traveling wave oscillators, presenting a single-loop version as a force mode distributed wave antenna (FMDWA)
  • Describes higher-frequency, passive inductive, and quarter-wave-length-based pumped distributed wave oscillators (PDWOs)
  • Examines phased-array transceiver architectures and front-end circuits in detail, along with distributed oscillator topologies
  • Devotes a chapter to THz sensing, illustrating a unique method of traveling wave frequency multiplication and power combining
  • Discusses various data converter topologies, such as digital-to-analog converters (DACs), analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and GHz-bandwidth sigma-delta modulators
  • Covers critical circuits including phase rotators and interpolators, phase shifters, phase-locked loops (PLLs), delay-locked loops (DLLs), and more

It is a significantly challenging task to generate and distribute high-speed clocks. Multiphase low-speed clocks with sharp transition are proposed to be a better option to accommodate the desired timing resolution. High Frequency Communication and Sensing: Traveling-Wave Techniques provides new horizons in the quest for greater speed and performance.

Table of Contents


About the Authors

What This Book Is About

Lumped vs. Distributed Elements

Infinite Transmission Line

Dispersionless Transmission Line

Lossless Transmission Line

Shorted Transmission Line

Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR)

Smith Chart


Trigger Mode Distributed Wave Oscillator

Commonly Used Wave Oscillator Topologies

Rotary Traveling Wave Oscillator (RTWO)

Standing Wave Oscillator (SWO)

TMDWO Topology

Phase Noise in Traveling Wave Oscillators

Phase Noise in SWO

Phase Noise in RTWO

Phase Noise in Differential Wave Oscillator (DWO)

Experimental Results



Force Mode Distributed Wave Oscillator

Force Mode Distributed Wave Oscillation Mechanisms

Single-Ended Force Mode Structures



Wave Based RF Circuit Techniques

Pumped Distributed Wave Oscillators

Traveling Wave Phased-Array Transceiver



THz Signal Generation and Sensing Techniques

Frequency Multiplication Techniques

Traveling Wave Reflectometers

Wafer-Level THz Sensing Method



Traveling Wave-Based High-Speed Data Conversion Circuits

Traveling-Wave Noise Shaping Modulator

A High-Speed Phase Interleaving Topology

A Traveling Wave Multiphase DAC

Traveling Wave Phased-Array DAC Transmitter



Traveling Wave High-Speed Serial Link Design for Fiber and Backplane

Traveling Wave-Based Multiphase Rx-Tx Front End

A Full-Rate Phase-Interpolating Topology

An ADC-Based DSP Link Front End




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Ahmet Tekin is co-founder and chairman of Waveworks, Inc., Sunnyvale, California, USA. He holds a BS from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey; MS from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, USA; and Ph.D from the University of California Santa Cruz, USA. During his MS, he worked on a NASA transceiver project designing very low power radiation-hard silicon-on-insulator (SOI) complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) circuits. During his Ph.D, he designed a very low noise analog radio baseband with noise-shaping circuit techniques. He has worked for Multigig, Inc., Newport Media, Aydeekay LLC, Broadcom Corp., Semtech Corp., and Nuvoton Technology Corp.

Ahmed Emira is manager of the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) Group at the Newport Media, Inc. Egypt Design Center and associate professor at Cairo University, Giza, Egypt. He holds a BS and MS from Cairo University and a Ph.D from Texas A&M University, College Station, USA. Previously he worked as an RFIC design engineer at Motorola and at Silicon Laboratories, both in Austin, Texas, USA. He was also a senior RFIC design engineer and leader for the Power Management Team at Newport Media, Inc., Lake Forest, California, USA. He has more than 40 journal and conference publications and 5 US patents.


"... introduces traveling wave, a very significant high-speed device technology for future microwave and millimeter-wave equipment. Many conceptual design examples are provided. This book offers a great starting point for scientists and engineers ... ."
—James Chu, Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia, USA, from IEEE Microwave Magazine, September 2015