RF-CMOS Comes of Age

Asad A. ABIDI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E87-C   No.6   pp.840-853
Publication Date: 2004/06/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Analog Circuit and Device Technologies)
RF IC,  single chip radio,  single chip wireless transceiver,  software defined radio,  

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All-CMOS radio transceivers and systems-on-a-chip are rapidly making inroads on a wireless market that for years was dominated by bipolar and BiCMOS solutions. It is not a matter of replacing bipolar transistors in known circuit topologies with FETs; the wave of RF-CMOS brings with it new architectures and unprecedented levels of integration. What are its origins? What is the commercial impact? How will RF-CMOS evolve in the future? This paper offers a retrospective and a perspective.