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Active and Passive Electronic Components
Volume 2011, Article ID 274394, 8 pages
Research Article

New Canonic Active RC Sinusoidal Oscillator Circuits Using Second-Generation Current Conveyors with Application as a Wide-Frequency Digitally Controlled Sinusoid Generator

136-B, J and K Pocket, Dilshad Garden, Delhi, India
2Division of Electronics and Communications, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Received 17 January 2011; Revised 22 March 2011; Accepted 29 April 2011

Academic Editor: Ali Umit Keskin

Copyright © 2011 Abhirup Lahiri. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper reports two new circuit topologies using second-generation current conveyors (CCIIs) for realizing variable frequency sinusoidal oscillators with minimum passive components. The proposed topologies in this paper provide new realizations of resistance-controlled and capacitor-controlled variable frequency oscillators (VFOs) using only four passive components. The first topology employs three CCIIs, while the second topology employs two CCIIs. The second topology provides an advantageous feature of frequency tuning through two grounded elements. Application of the proposed circuits as a wide-frequency range digitally controlled sinusoid generator is exhibited wherein the digital frequency control has been enabled by replacing both the capacitors by two identical variable binary capacitor banks tunable by means of the same binary code. SPICE simulations of the CMOS implementation of the oscillators using 0.35 μm TSMC CMOS technology parameters and bipolar implementation of the oscillators using process parameters for NR200N-2X (NPN) and PR200N-2X (PNP) of bipolar arrays ALA400-CBIC-R have validated their workability. One of the oscillators (with CMOS implementation) is exemplified as a digitally controlled sinusoid generator with frequency generation from 25 kHz to 6.36 MHz, achieved by switching capacitors and with power consumption of 7 mW in the entire operating frequency range.