Millimeter-Wave Monolithic AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs Pseudomorphic HEMT Low Noise Amplifier Modules for Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer

Kazuhiko NAKAHARA  Yasushi ITOH  Yoshie HORIIE  Takeshi SAKURA  Naohito YOSHIDA  Takayuki KATOH  Tadashi TAKAGI  Yasuo MITSUI  Yasuyuki ITO  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E78-C   No.9   pp.1210-1215
Publication Date: 1995/09/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Ultra-High-Speed Electron Devices)
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amplifier,  low noise,  MMIC,  millimeter-wave,  HEMT,  

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Summary: 
Millimeter-wave monolithic low noise amplifier modules using 0.15 µm AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs pseudomorphic HEMTs have been developed at V- and W-bands for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer. To achieve low noise and high gain of V-band single-stage and W-band two-stage monolithic amplifiers, a reactive matching method is employed in the design of input noise matching and output gain matching circuits based on the results of on-carrier S-parameter measurements up to 50 GHz and noise parameter measurements at 60 and 90 GHz. A V-band four-stage monolithic amplifier module has been mounted on a hermetically-sealed package with microstrip interface and has achieved a noise figure of 3 dB with a gain of 42.2 dB at 51 GHz. A W-band six-stage amplifier module has been mounted on a hermetically-sealed package with waveguide interface and has achieved a noise figure of 4.3 dB with a gain of 28.1 dB at 91 GHz. These results represent the best noise figure performance ever achieved by multi-stage monolithic low-noise amplifier modules.