imec - Wideband frequency generation for sensing applications

At imec, circuits4IoT

A wideband RF transceiver (MHz to GHz) can be used for characterizing the dielectric property of a material. One of the key components is This project focus on the design of the wideband phase-locked loop (PLL).


Project Description

The PLL is one of the key building blocks in transceiver system. It affects transmitter signal quality and receiver sensitivity, etc. In recent year, they are commonly used in some sensing applications.


This project aims to design a digital PLL for sensing applications. Firstly, literature study is needed to decide the specifications of this design. Secondly, design and analyze the proper PLL structure to fit the sensor. Finally, design the building blocks and tape this design out.


Your Tasks

Literature studiesUnderstanding both analog and digital design methodologiesArchitecture study and proposalCircuit implementationLayout and post-layout simulation

Tape-out and measurement


Your Profile

  • Good analytical skills
  • Knowledges of designing CMOS circuits
  • Motivated student eager to work independently and expand knowledge in the field
  • Good written and verbal English skills  


For all inquiries, please contact:

Ms Najat Loiazizi, HR specialist.

Telephone number: +31 (0)40 40 20 675


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