A Transformer Noise-Canceling Ultra-Wideband CMOS Low-Noise Amplifier


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E93-C   No.2   pp.187-199
Publication Date: 2010/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E93.C.187
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Integrated Electronics
CMOS,  low-noise amplifier (LNA),  noise cancellation,  ultra-wideband (UWB),  transformer,  

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Previously reported wideband CMOS low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) have difficulty in achieving both wideband input impedance matching and low noise performance at low power consumption and low supply voltage. We present a transformer noise-canceling wideband CMOS LNA based on a common-gate topology. The transformer, composed of the input and shunt-peaking inductors, partly cancels the noise originating from the common-gate transistor and load resistor. The combination of the transformer with an output series inductor provides wideband input impedance matching. The LNA designed for ultra-wideband (UWB) applications is implemented in a 90 nm digital CMOS process. It occupies 0.12 mm2 and achieves |S11|<-10 dB, NF<4.4 dB, and |S21|>9.3 dB across 3.1-10.6 GHz with a power consumption of 2.5 mW from a 1.0 V supply. These results show that the proposed topology is the most suitable for low-power and low-voltage UWB CMOS LNAs.