Design of 18∼26GHz receiver with wideband RF, LO and if in 0.15μm GaAs pHEMT process

Ying Chen, Zhong I. Yu, Ching Ying Huang, Kuan Han Hsieh, Shu-I Hu

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This paper describes our progress in designing the K-band receiver in WIN 0.15μm GaAs pHEMT process. The LNA contains three stages of common-source transistors, and its noise performance has been optimized over the intended bandwidth; the following mixer is made of single-balanced transistors where the edge-coupled Marchand balun provides the required 18∼26GHz differential-mode LO while active balun is used for combining the 8GHz IF signals. The conversion gain measured on-wafer at room temperature is around 20dB and the noise temperature is close to 300K, with overall power consumption 140mW, and the chip area is 1000×2500μm2. A close inspection on the wide-IF-band noise measurement procedure is also provided where the impact of conversion gain on the measured Tn is explored. This receiver circuit will facilitate the construction of large focal plane arrays where compact cryogenic receiver module is in urgent demand.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference, APMC 2017 - Proceedings
EditorsIdnin Pasya
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538606407
StatePublished - 8 Jan 2018
Event2017 IEEE Asia Pacific Microwave Conference, APMC 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 13 Nov 201716 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameAsia-Pacific Microwave Conference Proceedings, APMC


Conference2017 IEEE Asia Pacific Microwave Conference, APMC 2017
CityKuala Lumpur


  • balun
  • GaAs
  • LNA
  • mixer
  • receiver

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