A Wide Range CMOS Power Amplifier with Improved Group Delay Variation and Gain Flatness for UWB Transmitters

Rohana SAPAWI  Ramesh K. POKHAREL  Haruichi KANAYA  Keiji YOSHIDA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E95-C   No.7   pp.1182-1188
Publication Date: 2012/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E95.C.1182
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Recent Trends of Microwave Systems and Their Fundamental Technologies)
CMOS power amplifier,  group delay variation,  gain flatness,  ultra-wideband (UWB),  

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This paper presents the design and implementation of 0.9–4.8 GHz CMOS power amplifier (PA) with improved group delay variation and gain flatness at the same time for UWB transmitters. This PA design employs a two-stage cascade common source topology, a resistive shunt feedback technique and inductive peaking to achieve high gain flatness, and good input matching. Based on theoretical analysis, the main design factor for group delay variation is identified. The measurement results indicate that the proposed PA design has an average gain of 10.2 ± 0.8 dB while maintaining a 3-dB bandwidth of 0.57 to 5.8 GHz, an input return loss |S11| less than -4.4 dB, and an output return loss |S22| less than -9.2 dB over the frequency range of interest. The input 1 dB compression point at 2 GHz was -9 dBm while consumes 30 mW power from 1.5 V supply voltage. Moreover, excellent phase linearity (i.e., group delay variation) of ±125 ps was achieved across the whole band.