A Low-Noise, High-Gain Quasi-Millimeter-Wave Receiver MMIC with a Very High Degree of Integration Using 3D-MMIC Technology

Takana KAHO
Kazuhiro UEHARA
Kiyomichi ARAKI

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E94-C    No.10    pp.1548-1556
Publication Date: 2011/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E94.C.1548
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Technology)
Category: Active Devices and Circuits
receiver,  low noise,  3D-MMIC,  fixed wireless access (FWA) system,  

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We present a highly integrated quasi-millimeter-wave receiver MMIC that integrates 22 circuits in a 3 2.3 mm area using three-dimensional MMIC (3D-MMIC) technology. The MMIC achieves low noise (3 dB) and high gain (41 dB) at 26 GHz by using an on-chip image reject filter. It integrates a multiply-by-eight (X8) local oscillator (LO) chain with the IF frequency of the 2.4 GHz band and can use low-cost voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) and demodulators in a 2–3 GHz frequency band. Multilayer inductors contribute to the miniaturization especially in a 2–12 GHz frequency band. Furthermore, it achieves a high dynamic range by using two step attenuators with a new built-in inverter using an N-channel depression field-effect transistor (FET). The power consumption of the MMIC is only 450 mW.