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A 24-GHz CMOS front-end

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2 Author(s)
Xiang Guan ; California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Hajimiri, A.

This paper reports the first 24-GHz CMOS front-end in a 0.18-μm process. It consists of a low-noise amplifier (LNA) and a mixer and downconverts an RF input at 24 GHz to an IF of 5 GHz. It has a power gain of 27.5 dB and an overall noise figure of 7.7 dB with an input return loss, S11 of -21 dB consuming 20 mA from a 1.5-V supply. The LNA achieves a power gain of 15 dB and a noise figure of 6 dB on 16 mA of dc current. The LNA's input stage utilizes a common-gate with resistive feedthrough topology. The performance analysis of this topology predicts the experimental results with good accuracy.

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 2 )