A Polyimide/Alumina-Ceramic Multilayer MIC Analog Phase Shifter with a Large Phase Shift

Hitoshi HAYASHI  Masahiro MURAGUCHI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E81-C   No.6   pp.841-847
Publication Date: 1998/06/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Module Technology)
Category: Functional Modules and the Design Technology
MIC,  phase,  shifter,  multilayer,  analog,  

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This paper demonstrates a polyimide/alumina-ceramic multilayer MIC analog phase shifter with a large phase shift. First, a novel active inductor, similar to the previously reported active inductor but with a shunt variable resistor inserted in the feedback loop, is proposed for miniaturizing the circuit. The chip size of the fabricated GaAs MESFET active inductor is less than 0. 52 mm2. Next, a low-loss analog phase shifter with a large phase shift is presented. This is constructed in an MIC structure with the active inductors, the varactor diodes and the low-loss polyimide/alumina-ceramic multilayer broad-side coupler. Furthermore, since the amount of the phase shift is the sum of the two individual tuning ranges attributed to the active inductors and varactor diodes, a large phase shift is obtained compared to the case where only the varactor diodes are tunable. Thus, a phase shift of more than 270 within 2-dB insertion loss from 2. 1 to 2. 4 GHz is obtained with the fabricated single-stage reflection-type analog phase shifter. The total power consumption is less than 80 mW.