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Reconfigurable SiGe Low-Noise Amplifiers With Variable Miller Capacitance

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6 Author(s)
Yu-Che Yang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Taiwan Univ., Taipei ; Po-Wei Lee ; Hung-Wei Chiu ; Yo-Sheng Lin
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A new input matching method making use of shunt-shunt feedback capacitance is introduced. Based on the new input matching method, reconfigurable SiGe low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) by varying shunt-shunt feedback capacitance are proposed. Two approaches are used to vary the shunt-shunt feedback capacitance. One approach is to switch between two different bias currents while the other is to use a series combination of a switch and a capacitor. Miniaturized fully monolithic reconfigurable SiGe LNAs without emitter degenerative inductors were realized by the above two approaches. The reconfigurable SiGe LNA achieved by switching bias currents only occupies a very small area of 355 mumtimes155 mum, excluding measurement pads. This LNA achieves an input return losses (S11) of -27.6 dB, a voltage gain (A v) of 19.8 dB, and a noise figure (NF) of 3.18 dB for 2.4-GHz band when biased at a current of 3.8 mA and can be reconfigured to obtain Av=20.4/20.3 dB, S11=-47.1/-24.6 dB and NF=3.42/3.21 dB for 5.2/5.7-GHz band when bias current is switched to 3 mA. In addition, a 2.4/4.9/5.2/5.7-GHz reconfigurable SiGe LNAs for WLAN applications, whose variable shunt-shunt feedback capacitance is controlled by a switch and a capacitor, was also realized

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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 12 )