A 15GHz-Band 4-Channel Transmit/Receive RF Core-Chip for High SHF Wide-Band Massive MIMO in 5G

Koji TSUTSUMI  Takaya MARUYAMA  Wataru YAMAMOTO  Takanobu FUJIWARA  Tatsuya HAGIWARA  Ichiro SOMADA  Eiji TANIGUCHI  Mitsuhiro SHIMOZAWA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E100-C   No.10   pp.825-832
Publication Date: 2017/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Technology)
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Keyword: 
massive MIMO,  active phased array antenna,  high SHF,  phase shifters,  variable gain amplifiers,  CMOS integrated circuits,  

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Summary: 
A 15GHz-band 4-channel transmit/receive RF core-chip is presented for high SHF wide-band massive MIMO in 5G. In order to realize small RF frontend for 5G base stations, both 6bit phase shifters (PS) and 0.25 dB resolution variable gain amplifiers (VGA) are integrated in TX and RX paths of 4-channels on the chip. A PS calibration technique is applied to compensate the error of 6bit PS caused by process variations. A common gate current steering topology with tail current control is used for VGA to enhance the gain control accuracy. The 15GHz-band RF core-chip fabricated in 65 nm CMOS process achieved phase control error of 1.9deg. rms., and amplitude control error of 0.23 dB. rms.