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A Low-Phase-Noise Low-Power 27-GHz SiGe-VCO using Merged-Transformer Matching Circuit Technique

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4 Author(s)
Takahiro Nakamura ; Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Kokubunji, Tokyo, 185-8601, Japan ; Toru Masuda ; Katsuyoshi Washio ; Hiroshi Kondoh

A 27-GHz voltage-controlled oscillator MMIC (VCO-MMIC), featuring low phase noise of -115 dBc/Hz at a 1-MHz offset frequency and large output power of +3.7 dBm with low DC-power dissipation of 111 mW, was developed using a 0.18-mum SiGe BiCMOS process. A novel merged-transformer matching circuit, in which an inductor in an oscillation loop is reused as a primary inductor of the transformer, contributes to reducing the DC-power dissipation keeping a large output power. This matching circuit is also effective to suppress the bad influence due to the parasitic capacitance of the transformer. The figure of merit (FOM) of the VCO-MMIC is -187 dB. In our knowledge, this value indicates the best performance in 30-GHz class VCO-MMICs fabricated using Si-based technology.

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2007 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium

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3-5 June 2007