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A 1.1V 6.2mW, Highly Linear Wideband RF Front-end for Multi-Standard Receivers in 90nm CMOS
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
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2012 (English)In: Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, ISSN 0925-1030, E-ISSN 1573-1979, Vol. 70, no 1, 79-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the design and implementation of a low power, highly linear, wideband RF front-end in 90nm CMOS. The architecture consists of an inverter-like common gate low noise amplifier followed by a passive ring mixer. The proposed architecture achieves high linearity in a wide band (0.5-6GHz) at very low power. Therefore, it is a suitable choice for software defined radio (SDR) receivers. The chip measurement results indicate that the inverter-like common gate input stage has a broadband input match achieving S11 below -8.8dB up to 6GHz. The measured single sideband noise figure at an LO frequency of 2GHz and an IF of 10MHz is 6.25dB. The front-end achieves a voltage conversion gain of 4.5dB at 1GHz with 3dB bandwidth of more than 6GHz. The measured input referred 1dB compression point is +1.5dBm while the IIP3 is +11.73dBm and the IIP2 is +26.23dBm respectively at an LO frequency of 2GHz. The RF front-end consumes 6.2mW from a 1.1V supply with an active chip area of 0.0856mm2.

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SpringerLink , 2012. Vol. 70, no 1, 79-90 p.
Keyword [en]
Blocker suppression, common gate (CG), highly linear, low power, multi-standard, software defined radio, wideband front-end
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18511DOI: 10.1007/s10470-011-9667-9ISI: 000298604100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18511DiVA: diva2:220094
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The original status of this article was: Manuscript.Available from: 2009-05-29 Created: 2009-05-29 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Reconfigurable and Broadband Circuits for Flexible RF Front Ends
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reconfigurable and Broadband Circuits for Flexible RF Front Ends
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Most of today’s microwave circuits are designed for specific function and special need. There is a growing trend to have flexible and reconfigurable circuits. Circuits that can be digitally programmed to achieve various functions based on specific needs. Realization of high frequency circuit blocks that can be dynamically reconfigured to achieve the desired performance seems to be challenging. However, with recent advances in many areas of technology these demands can now be met.

Two concepts have been investigated in this thesis. The initial part presents the feasibility of a flexible and programmable circuit (PROMFA) that can be utilized for multifunctional systems operating at microwave frequencies. Design details and PROMFA implementation is presented. This concept is based on an array of generic cells, which consists of a matrix of analog building blocks that can be dynamically reconfigured. Either each matrix element can be programmed independently or several elements can be programmed collectively to achieve a specific function. The PROMFA circuit can therefore realize more complex functions, such as filters or oscillators. Realization of a flexible RF circuit based on generic cells is a new concept. In order to validate the idea, two test chips have been fabricated. The first chip implementation was carried out in a 0.2μm GaAs process, ED02AH from OMMICTM. The second chip was implemented in a standard 90nm CMOS process. Simulated and measured results are presented along with some key applications such as low noise amplifier, tunable band pass filter and a tunable oscillator.

The later part of the thesis covers the design and implementation of broadband RF front-ends that can be utilized for multistandard terminals such as software defined radio (SDR). The concept of low gain, highly linear frontends has been presented. For proof of concept two test chips have been implemented in 90nm CMOS technology process. Simulated and measurement results are presented. These RF front-end implementations utilize wideband designs with active and passive mixer configurations.

We have also investigated narrowband tunable LNAs. A dual band tunable LNA MMIC has been fabricated in 0.2μm GaAs process. A self tuning technique has been proposed for the optimization of this LNA.

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Link: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2009. 82 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1259
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Engineering and Technology
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18512 (URN)978-91-7393-605-7 (ISBN)
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2009-08-25, Visionen, Hus B, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2009-05-29 Created: 2009-05-29 Last updated: 2009-05-29Bibliographically approved

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