High ESD Breakdown-Voltage InP HBT Transimpedance Amplifier IC for Optical Video Distribution Systems

Kimikazu SANO

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E95-C    No.8    pp.1317-1322
Publication Date: 2012/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E95.C.1317
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Heterostructure Microelectronics with TWHM 2011)
Category: III-V High-Speed Devices and Circuits
InP HBT,  electro static discharge (ESD),  transimpedance amplifier,  optical video distribution,  linearity,  low-noise,  

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This paper is a report on a high ESD breakdown-voltage InP HBT transimpedance amplifier IC for optical video distribution systems. To make ESD breakdown-voltage higher, we designed ESD protection circuits integrated in the TIA IC using base-collector/base-emitter diodes of InP HBTs and resistors. These components for ESD protection circuits have already existed in the employed InP HBT IC process, so no process modifications were needed. Furthermore, to meet requirements for use in optical video distribution systems, we studied circuit design techniques to obtain a good input-output linearity and a low-noise characteristic. Fabricated InP HBT TIA IC exhibited high human-body-model ESD breakdown voltages (±1000 V for power supply terminals, ±200 V for high-speed input/output terminals), good input-output linearity (less than 2.9-% duty-cycle-distortion), and low noise characteristic (10.7 pA/ averaged input-referred noise current density) with a -3-dB-down higher frequency of 6.9 GHz. To the best of our knowledge, this paper is the first literature describing InP ICs with high ESD-breakdown voltages.