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Gate Current Control Method by Pull-Down FET's for 0-28 dB GaAs Variable Attenuator in Direct-Conversion Modulator IC for 1.9 GHz PHS
Tadahiro SASAKI Shoji OTAKA Tadahiko MAEDA Toshiyuki UMEDA Kazuya NISHIHORI Atsushi KAMEYAMA Mayumi HIROSE Yoshiaki KITAURA Naotaka UCHITOMI
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics
Publication Date: 1997/06/25
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Microwave and Millimeterwave High-power Devices)
GaAs, direct-conversion, attenuator, modulator, MMIC, MESFET, personal handy phone system,
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We have developed a GaAs direct-conversion π/4 shifted QPSK modulator IC equipped with variable attenuators for controlling the output power level of the 1.9 GHz Personal Handy Phone system in Japan (PHS). The IC was successfully demonstrated showing state-of-the-art performance with the image rejection ratio of more than 36 dBc at a low input power of -10 dBm in 1.9 GHz frequency range. By using the "Gate Current Control method by Pull-down FET's" (GCCPF), the equipped attenuators vary the output power from 0 dB to -28 dB by 4 dB step. The IC operates at a 2.7 V supply with power dissipation of 259 mW. The 2.64.6 mm2 chip with about 400 elements was fabricated by a 0.5 µm WNx-gate BPLDD GaAs MESFET process.