A D-band cascode amplifier with 24.3 dB gain and 7.7 dBm output power in 0.13 μm SiGe BiCMOS technology
Goh, Wang Ling
Date of Issue2012
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
This letter describes a D-band 3-stage cascode amplifier developed using the IHP 0.13 μm SiGe BiCMOS technology. The amplifier is implemented with low-loss transformer for inter-stage matching and single-to-differential transformation. The large-signal characteristics of the cascode HBT configuration are used to optimize the bias condition for highest output power and gain performance. A measured amplifier achieves a peak power gain of 24.3 dB, with a 3 dB bandwidth of 20 GHz centered at 130 GHz. The amplifier exhibits a saturated output power of 7.7 dBm and an output 1 dB gain compression point of 6 dBm with a power consumption of 84 mW. The measured noise figure is 6.8 dB at 130 GHz and stays under 8 dB over the 3 dB bandwidth. To the best of our knowledge, the proposed amplifier exhibits the highest gain and output power among the silicon-based D-band amplifiers reported so far.
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