Holistic Design in mm-Wave Silicon ICs


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E91-C    No.6    pp.817-828
Publication Date: 2008/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e91-c.6.817
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Analog Circuits and Related SoC Integration Technologies)
mm-wave,  silicon integration,  on-chip antenna,  phased array,  

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Millimeter-waves integrated circuits offer a unique opportunity for a holistic design approach encompassing RF, analog, and digital, as well as radiation and electromagnetics. The ability to deal with the complete system covering a broad range from the digital circuitry to on-chip antennas and everything in between offers unparalleled opportunities for completely new architectures and topologies, which were previously impossible due the traditional partitioning of various blocks in conventional design. This can open a plethora of new architectural and system level innovation within the integrated circuit platform. This paper reviews some of the challenges and opportunities for mm-wave ICs and presents several solutions to them.