A 5.7 GHz Gilbert Upconversion Mixer with an LC Current Combiner Output Using 0.35 µm SiGe HBT Technology

Tzung-Han WU  Chinchun MENG  Tse-Hung WU  Guo-Wei HUANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E88-C   No.6   pp.1267-1270
Publication Date: 2005/06/01
Online ISSN: 
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e88-c.6.1267
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on Analog Circuit and Device Technologies)
Category: RF
SiGe,  HBT,  Gilbert mixer,  

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This paper demonstrates a small compact 5.7 GHz upconversion Gilbert micromixer using 0.35 µm SiGe HBT technology. A micromixer has a broadband matched single-ended input port. A passive LC current combiner is used to convert micromixer differential output into a single-ended output and doubles the output current for single-ended-input and single-ended-output applications. Thus, a truly balanced operation of a Gilbert upconversion mixer with a single-ended input and a single-ended output is achieved in this paper. The fully matched upconversion micromixer has conversion gain of -4 dB, OP1 dB of -9 dBm and OIP3 of 4 dBm when input IF=0.3 GHz, LO=5.4 GHz and output RF=5.7 GHz. The IF input return loss is better than 18 dB for frequencies up to 20 GHz while RF output return loss is 25 dB at 5.7 GHz. The supply voltage is 3.3 V and the current consumption is 4.6 mA. The die size is 0.90.9 mm2 with 3 integrated on-chip inductors.