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We report broadband microwave noise characteristics of a high-linearity composite-channel HEMT (CC-HEMT). Owing to the novel composite-channel design, the CC-HEMT exhibits high gain and high linearity such as an output third-order intercept point (OIP3) of 33.2 dBm at 2 GHz. The CC-HEMT also exhibits excellent microwave noise performance. For 1-μm gate-length devices, a minimum noise figure (NFmin) of 0.7 dB and an associated gain (G/sub a/) of 19 dB were observed at 1 GHz, and an (NF/sub mi/) of 3.3 dB and a G/sub a/ of 10.8 dB were observed at 10 GHz. The dependence of the noise characteristics on the physical design parameters, such as the gate-source and gate-drain spacing, is also presented.