Quick Development of Multifunctional MMICs by Using Three-Dimensional Masterslice MMIC Technology

Ichihiko TOYODA  Makoto HIRANO  Masami TOKUMITSU  Yuhki IMAI  Kenjiro NISHIKAWA  Kenji KAMOGAWA  Suehiro SUGITANI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E82-C   No.11   pp.1951-1959
Publication Date: 1999/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on High-Frequency/High-Speed Devices for Information and Communication Systems in the 21st Century)
Category: Low Power-Consumption RF ICs
three-dimensional,  MMIC,  masterslice,  LMDS,  quick development,  down-converter,  

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A procedure for quickly developing highly integrated multifunctional MMICs by using the three-dimensional masterslice MMIC technology has been developed. The structures and advanced features of this technology, such as miniature transmission lines, a broadside coupler, and miniature function block circuits, enable multifunctional MMICs to be quickly and easily developed. These unique features and basic concept of the masterslice technology are discussed and reviewed to examine the advantages of this technology. As an example of quick MMIC development, an amplifier, a mixer, and a down-converter are fabricated on a newly designed master array.