A new transmission-line concept, called the field-effect transistor (FET)-integrated coplanar waveguide (CPW), is proposed. This concept treats the passive two-finger FET as CPW and, thus, the scaling rule is more accurate than the previous model, especially in high frequency. The extraction approach of the parameters of the FET-integrated CPW is also included. With this concept, the design procedure of traveling-wave switches can be equivalent to a filter synthesis problem. Based on this design procedure, a single-pole single-throw and a single-pole double-throw traveling-wave switch have been realized and measured using 0.15-μm high-linearity AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs pseudomorphic high electron-mobility transistors. Finally, the frequency limitation of the traveling-wave switches is also discussed. The results show the FET-integrated CPW is the most efficient way to overcome the frequency limitations of traveling-wave switches, achieving operation frequency to 135 GHz, the highest frequency reported to date.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques|
|State||Published - 1 May 2006|