CoreHW millimeter wave (mmWave) PLL IP


mmWave Phase Locked Loop (PLL) IP

CoreHW mmWave PLL comprises a high accuracy fractional N PLL frequency synthesizer with low noise VCO capable to synthesize low phase noise carrier for demanding wireless communication networks as well as fast chirp FMCW waveforms for various radar systems.

The PLL fundamentally operates at 19.00-20.15 GHz and frequency multipliers convert the waveform to radar frequency bands at 38-40.5 GHz and 76-81 GHz. The design is frequency-scalable and PLL IP can be customized to various mm-wave wireless communication frequencies in 19-81 GHz range.​

80 ghz mmwave pll ip
  • Process technology: GF 22FDX™
  • Metal stack: 10M_2Mx_5Cx_1Jx_2Qx_LB (Option_19)
  • Supply Voltages: 0.8 V / 1.2 V (IOs) & 1.2 V (RF)
  • Integrated Bandgap (600 mV), LDOs (800 mV)
  • Current consumption: <120 mA
  • Operating temperatures: Ambient: -40 to +125 °C; Junction: -40 to +150 °C

CoreHW mmWave PLL Evaluation Kit

The mmWave PLL evaluation kit is a platform that enables users to evaluate and develop solutions using our CorePLL80G1AGF22 mmWave technology.

The evaluation kit includes a hardware package, a software package, and a documentation package. The hardware package includes a mmWave PLL evaluation board, a header board, and an Arduino UNO board. The software package provides firmware and a graphical user interface (GUI) to interface with the hardware platform. The documentation package includes a user guide, a datasheet, and other possible documentation such as application notes to help users get started with the evaluation kit and develop solutions using CorePLL80G1AGF22.

mmwave pll evaluation kit

mmwave PLL IP block diagram

mmwave PLL IP

Features and Benefits

  • Fractional-N PLL with Radar Chirp
  • Integrated Bandgap, LDOs and LPF
  • Integrated frequency multipliers 2x [4x]
  • RF frequency range 38-40.5 GHz [76-81 GHz at 4x]
  • RF frequency bandwidth 2 GHz [4 GHz at 4x]
  • Fundamental VCO frequency range 19.0-20.25 GHz
  • Chirp bandwidth 1 GHz at VCO [4 GHz at 4x]
  • Linear frequency chirp generator with chirp rate of 7.50 – 75 MHz/µs at VCO frequency
  • Saw-tooth and triangle wave chirp modes
  • SPI interface for control and test
  • Built-in sequencer, calibration and self-test
  • VCO Phase Noise -109 dBc/Hz at 1MHz offset
  • Low jitter <150 fs
  • IP size: X <1.1 mm Y <1.15 mm (IP area: ~1,13 mm2)
  • Automotive standards: AEC-Q100 Grade 1; ISO 26262 Level B


  • CDL Netlist (MG Calibre Compatible)
  • Functional Verilog Model
  • Liberty timing models (.lib)
  • LEF
  • Application Note


  • 5G and mmWave Transceiver
  • Automotive: Radar devices
    • Anti-collision
    • Distance meter
    • Velocity (speed) meter
  • Broadband communication systems
  • Point-to-point communications systems
  • Mobile radios
  • Wireless infrastructure equipment
  • Wireless communicationg
  • Aerospace and Defence

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