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A low-noise baseband 5-GHz direct-coupled HBT amplifier with common-base active input match

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2 Author(s)
Kobayashi, K.W. ; Electron. Syst. & Technol. Div., TRW Inc., Redondo Beach, CA, USA ; Oki, A.K.

This paper reports on an HBT direct-coupled 2-stage amplifier that uses active common-base input matching to provide multi-decade frequency performance from dc to 5 GHz. This work benchmarks the first reported HBT noise results of an HBT amplifier using common-base active input matching. The 2-stage amplifier consists of a common-base input stage that is directly coupled to a Darlington feedback amplifier output stage. The common-base input can he bias tuned to achieve >13-dB return loss at 3 GHz and a minimum noise figure of 2.9 dB at 1 GHz. A gain of 17.5 dB with a 3-dB bandwidth greater than 5 GHz was achieved under low-noise input bias. This amplifier topology can be implemented without the use of a complex microwave process, which typically integrates backside vias and microstrip matching components. The compact amplifier consumes an area of 0.82/spl times/0.47 mm/sup 2/, which is 10 times smaller than a previously reported 2.5-4 GHz narrow-band passive matched HBT amplifier with similar noise and gain performance.<>

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Microwave and Guided Wave Letters, IEEE  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 11 )