Research Article - Biomedical Research (2018) Artificial Intelligent Techniques for Bio Medical Signal Processing: Edition-II

## The analysis and design of a 50MHz Colpitts low phase noise crystal oscillator

**Yan Wang ^{*}, Ying Cui and Shiyi Xu **

School of Electrical Engineering and Information, Southwest Petroleum University, No.8 Xindu Avenue, Xindu District, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, PR China

- *Corresponding Author:
- Yan Wang

School of Electrical Engineering and Information

Southwest Petroleum University, PR China

**Accepted on** August 30, 2017

### Abstract

Crystal oscillators have huge demand in medical filed especially in building medical devices. They are used in diagnostic equipment, monitoring devices, hearing aids, etc. Since they are widely used in medical devices, it is essential to maintain accurate requirements for the output phase noise of reference frequency source. At the same time it is important to find out new ways to reduce the phase noise which is the major problem in designing crystal oscillators. The importance of loaded quality factor *Q*_{L} is analyzed on the basis of Leeson model and the formula of *Q*_{L} is derived from the analysis of Colpitts oscillator circuit. According to the results, we can draw a conclusion that *Q*_{L} is explicitly related to circuit parameters. The phase noise of the 50MHz Colpitts crystal oscillator is simulated by the Agilent Advanced Design System (ADS). Based on the simulation results, a design of the prototype crystal oscillator is presented. The crystal resonator we use is AT-cut 3^{rd} overtone crystal resonator with 49 U resistance welding package, its unloaded quality factor Q0 is about 1.45 × 10^{5}. The measured results of phase noise are -107 dBc/[email protected], -134 dBc/[email protected] and -152 dBc/[email protected] Experimental results show that it is feasible to design low phase noise crystal oscillators on the basis of improving *Q*_{L}.

## Keywords

Leeson model, Loaded quality factor, Phase noise, Colpitts crystal oscillator.

## Introduction

With the development of modern communication technology, the requirement of the high stable crystal oscillator has increased. Crystal oscillators have numerous applications and they are widely used in medical devices such as defibrillators, neuro-stimulators, hearing aids, pacemakers, etc. [1]. They are also used in ultrasound, MRI equipment, wireless telemetry and diagnostic imaging. Neurologists often use oscillators for treating neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease through deep brain stimulation (DBS) [2,3]. Functional pacemakers coordinating circadian rhythms are constructed by coupling multiple oscillators. Circadian oscillators constitute positive and negative elements which can form autoregulatory feedback loops. These loops are used to generate 24-hour timing circuits [4,5]. Patients with middle ear dysfunction use Bone Anchored Hearing Aids which contains bone oscillators [6]. In many systems such as the medical field, satellite communication and radar system, there are very strict accuracy requirements for the output phase noise of reference frequency source. Therefore, the study of ways to reduce the phase noise is the primary problem in the process of design crystal oscillators [7-9].

In practical design, the phase noise is closely related to Q_{L}. By
the analysis of Leeson formula derived from the phase noise
model of Leeson, we can draw a conclusion that phase noise improves with the loaded quality factor Q_{L} increasing. The
Leeson formula is as follows [10-13]:

(1)

Where f_{m} is offset frequency, f_{0} is center frequency, Q_{L} is
loaded quality factor, S_{Δϕ}(fm) is the power spectral density of
the output phase noise, S_{Δϕ}(fm) is the spectral density of the
oscillator input phase noise. So a high Q_{L} is beneficial to
reducing phase noise.

In this paper, the formula of Q_{L} is derived by the analysis of
Colpitts oscillator circuit and we can obtain the relation
between Q_{L} and circuit parameters. An appropriate increase in
the value of capacitance C_{2} can improve Q_{L}, thereby reduce
the phase noise. According to the simulation results of 50 MHz
Colpitts crystal oscillator using Agilent Advanced Design
System (ADS), a design of the prototype crystal oscillator is
presented and the measurement results of phase noise are
reduced by adjusting the value of C_{2}.

*The phase noise analysis of colpitts crystal oscillator*

From the viewpoint of oscillator power spectrum, for BJT oscillator, the QL factor of a conventional two-port network is defined as [14-16]:

(2)

Where z_{11}(ω) and z_{12}(ω) are terms of the circuit impedance
matrix Z.

As an example, a modified 50MHz Colpitts low phase noise
crystal oscillator is discussed [17]. The equivalent circuit is
shown in **Figure 1**.

In the above circuit, the crystal resonator X1 acts as an
inductance L1. The equivalent circuit of passive network is
shown in **Figure 2**.

The impedance matrix Z of passive network in the circuit is expressed as follows:

(3)

According to (2) and (3), the result of Q_{L} is as follows:

(4)

From (4), we can draw a conclusion that Q_{L} would increase
with C_{2}, that is to say, the larger C_{2}, the higher Q_{L}.

*The simulation and design of colpitts crystal oscillator*

The 50 MHz Colpitts crystal oscillator that its equivalent
circuit is shown in **Figure 2** is simulated by software ADS and
the simulated phase noise curve is shown in **Figure 3**.

The value of C_{2} is increased appropriately to improve the value
of Q_{L} and reduce the phase noise. The simulated phase noise
curve after adjusting C_{2} is also presented in **Figure 4**.

According to the simulation results by ADS, the phase noise is
decreased after adjusting C_{2}. Meanwhile, we can draw the
conclusion that an appropriate increase in the value of C_{2} will
help to reduce the phase noise of this circuit. However, if C_{2} is
too large, the oscillation condition of the amplitude cannot be
met and it is difficult to produce oscillation. Therefore in the
allowable range, C_{2} should be made as high as possible to reduce the phase noise. Based on the conclusions above, a
prototype 50 MHz Colpitts crystal oscillator is designed. The
AT-cut 3^{rd} overtone crystal resonator with 49 U resistance
welding package is used in the design and its quality is
medium. Its parameters are as **Table 1** and the value of
unloaded quality factor Q_{0} is about 1.45 × 10^{5}. The phase noise
level of the 50MHz Colpitts crystal oscillator is measured by
Agilent E5052B and it is shown in **Figure 5**.

Parameter | Value |
---|---|

Lq | 0.012 H |

rq | 26 Ω |

Cq | 8.4 × 10^{-16 F} |

C0 | 2.2 × 10^{-12 F} |

**Table 1.** The parameters of crystal resonator.

As in **Figure 5**, the measured results of phase noise are -97
dBc/[email protected], -128 dBc/[email protected] and -149 dBc/
[email protected] Based on above analysis, the value of capacitance
C_{2} is adjusted to reduce the phase noise further. The measured
results of phase noise level after adjusting C_{2} are -107 dBc/
[email protected], -134 dBc/[email protected] and -152 dBc/[email protected]
and it is shown in **Figure 6**.

According to **Figure 6**, the phase noise is improving by
adjusting the value of capacitance C_{2}. Though the crystal
resonator used in the design is medium, the measured results of
phase noise are relatively well and the crystal resonator’s
performance is realized as far as possible by the design based
on improving Q_{L}.

## Conclusion

In this paper, the 50 MHz Colpitts crystal oscillator is designed
on the basis of improving Q_{L}. Based on the simulation results
by ADS, a design of the prototype 50 MHz crystal oscillator is
presented and the experiments are carried out. By adjusting the
value of capacitance C_{2}, the phase noise level is further
improved and the performance of the crystal resonator is
realized as far as possible. So it is feasible to design low phase
noise crystal oscillators on the basis of improving Q_{L}.

## Acknowledgement

This work is supported by application fundamental research fund of SiChuan Provincial Science and Technology Department (No. 2014JY0208) and scientific research starting project of SWPU (No. 2014QHZ026).

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