A new wideband modulator architecture, that is suitable for continuous-phase constant-envelope modulation schemes, is presented in this thesis. The technique is based on directmodulation of a high resolution
frequency discriminator based synthesizer to producethe modulated RF signal without up-conversion. The advantage of this architecture is thatit does not require mixers or D/A converters to generate the In-phase and Quadraturesignals as in conventional GMSK modulators. This eliminates many of the analogproblems associated with mixing and ﬁltering and results in an architecture suitable formonolithic integration.A high modulation data rate is possible, without sacriﬁcing phase noise performance,through digital equalization of the synthesizer closed-loop response. A digital GMSKtransmit ﬁlter pre-shapes the data symbols and additionally compensates for thesynthesizer closed-loop response. This permits the use of a narrower synthesizerbandwidth to attenuate the
quantization noise, while equalization effectively widensthe modulation bandwidth to handle high data rates. The digital equalization ﬁlter addslittle complexity to the transmitter architecture, since it is combined with the Gaussiandata ﬁlter. Matching between the transmit ﬁlter and the synthesizer closed-loop responseis not an issue since the loop parameters are digitally deﬁned and are therefore predictable.An experimental GSM modulator operating at 2GHz was developed to validate thesuitability of the architecture for use in wireless communication systems. It makes use of acustom BiCMOS
frequency discriminator chip that is a key component in themodulator architecture.