A Low-Power K-Band CMOS Current-Mode Up-Conversion Mixer Integrated with VCO

Wen-Chieh WANG
Chung-Yu WU

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E92-C    No.10    pp.1291-1298
Publication Date: 2009/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E92.C.1291
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Microwaves, Millimeter-Waves
CMOS,  current-mode,  K-band,  up-conversion mixer,  

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A low-power K-band CMOS current-mode up-conversion mixer is proposed. The proposed mixer is realized using four analog current-squaring circuits. This current-mode up-conversion mixer is fabricated in 0.13-µm 1P8M triple-well CMOS process, and has the measured power conversion gain of -5 dB. The fabricated CMOS up-conversion mixer dissipates only 3.1 mW from a 1-V supply voltage. The VCO can be tuned from 20.8 GHz to 22.7 GHz. Its phase noise is -108 dBc/Hz at 10-MHz offset frequency. It is shown that the proposed mixer has great potential for low-voltage and low-power CMOS transmitter front-ends in advanced nano-CMOS technologies.