22-29 GHz ultra-wideband CMOS pulse generator for short-range radar applications

Oncu A., Badalawa B. B. M. W., Fujishima M.

IEEE JOURNAL OF SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS, vol.42, no.7, pp.1464-1471, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/jssc.2007.899099
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1464-1471
  • Keywords: CMOS, high speed, low cost, low power, pulse generator, 22-29-GHz UWB radar sensor, AUTOMOTIVE RADAR, SYSTEM
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The pseudo-millimeter-wave ultra-wideband (UWB) is attractive for applications in short-range automotive radar systems using 22 to 29 GHz in order to realize road safety and intelligent transportation. Although the CMOS is suitable for shortrange radar since processing units can be implemented in the same chip as the UWB front-end building block, it is difficult to operate CMOS pulse generators at such a high frequency. To realize the pseudo-millimeter-wave band using CMOS, we have proposed a new pulse generator consisting of a series of delay cells and edge combiners with waveform shaping for short-range radar. As a result of measurement using 90-nm CMOS technology, 1 Gb/s/bit pulses with 71 mV peak-to-peak, 39.2 ps monopulse width. and 552 ps envelope width are successfully generated with a power consumption of 1.4 mW at a supply voltage of 0.91 V. This result can be the basis for developing the key technology for one-chip short-range radar sensors.