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An Active Terminal Circuit and Its Application to a Distributed Amplifier
Hitoshi HAYASHI Munenari KAWASHIMA Tadao NAKAGAWA Kazuhiro UEHARA Yoshihiro TAKIGAWA
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics
Publication Date: 2007/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Analog Circuits and Related SoC Integration Technologies)
distributed, amplifier, cascode-connected, Darlington pair,
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This paper describes a broadband active terminal circuit and its application to a distributed amplifier. In this study, we first analyzed and compared three types of active terminal circuits using representative circuit configurations, namely, an active terminal circuit with a common-emitter BJT, an active terminal circuit with a Darlington BJT pair, and an active terminal circuit with cascode-connected BJTs. The simulation results showed that the active terminal circuit with cascode-connected BJTs kept the matching condition up to high frequency. After the simulation, we fabricated a distributed amplifier that used an active terminal circuit with cascode-connected BJTs. The RF amplifier achieved a flat gain of 9.7 1.0 dB over a range of 3-15 GHz.