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We have developed a low-voltage, low-power Ku-band microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) downconverter using InGaP-GaAs heterojunction bipolar transistor technology. It consists of a preamplifier, a double-balanced mixer, and an L-band wideband intermediate-frequency (IF) amplifier. The downconverter achieves a conversion gain of 31 dB, with a gain flatness within ± 1 dB, and an output-referred 1-dB compression power (P1dB,OUT) of +2.5dBm. This downconverter dissipates 33mA from a 3-V supply. We believe that the operating voltage and power consumption are lower than those of previously published Ku-band MMIC downconverters.