An 18 GHz-Band MMIC Diode Linearizer Using a Parallel Capacitor with a Bias Feed Resistance

Kazuhisa YAMAUCHI  Masatoshi NAKAYAMA  Yukio IKEDA  Akira AKAISHI  Osami ISHIDA  Naoto KADOWAKI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E86-C    No.8    pp.1486-1493
Publication Date: 2003/08/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Microwave and Millimeter Wave Technology)
amplifier,  linearizer,  distortion,  intermodulation distortion,  microwave,  satellite,  APAA,  

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An 18 GHz-band Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuit (MMIC) diode linearizer using a parallel capacitor with a bias feed resistance is presented. The newly employed parallel capacitor is able to control gain and phase deviations of the linearizer. This implies that the gain deviation of the linearizer can be controlled without changing the phase deviation. The presented linearizer can compensate the distortion of an amplifier sufficiently. The operation principle of the linearizer with the parallel capacitor is investigated. It is clarified that the gain deviation can be adjusted without changing the phase deviation by using the parallel capacitor. Two variable gain buffer amplifiers and the core part of the linearizer which consists of a diode, a bias feed resistor, and a capacitor are fabricated on the MMIC chip. The amplifiers cancel the frequency dependence of the core part of the linearizer to improve bandwidth of the MMIC. Further, the amplifiers contribute to earn low reflection and compensate insertion loss of the linearizer. The MMIC chip is size of 2.5 mm 1 mm. The linearizer has demonstrated improvement of 3rd Inter-Modulation Distortion (IMD3) of 12 dB at 18 GHz and improvement of more than 6 dB between 17.8 GHz and 18.6 GHz.