A one-path subsampling quadrature receiver based on a SigmaDelta modulator with distributed resonators Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2011

start page

  • 233

end page

  • 243


  • 2


  • 68

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0925-1030

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-1979


  • Factor Impacto: 0,452 (JCR 2010. This article presents experimental results of a quadrature bandpass sigma&-delta (SigmaDelta) modulator based on distributed resonators. The modulator employs transmission lines and transconductors as main components and does not require switches in the loop filter as in the case of switched-capacitor (discrete-time) filters. In addition, the proposed complex modulator does not require a quadrature mixer in the receiver. As main feature, the modulator architecture introduces an innovative way to produce the I and Q outputs that is immune to path mismatch due to the sharing of all the analog circuitry for both paths. The one-bit second-order modulator ADC is able to convert IF signals at fs/2 and 3fs/2 (fs = 50 MHz), achieving an ENOB = 10 bits within a 1 MHz signal bandwidth. Therefore the modulator may be feasible for the typical IF frequencies used in cellular base stations. Furthermore, it provides an image rejection grater than 70 dB. The 0.35 mum BiCMOS chip consumes 28 mW at 3.3 V supply voltage.


  • analog-to-digital conversion; sigma–delta modulation; quadrature modulator; transmission-line (tl) resonators