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High gain cmos gilbert downconverter with wide-swing cascode current-mirror transconductor and load

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3 Author(s)
Sheng-Che Tseng ; Nat. Chiao Tung Univ., Hsinchu ; Chinchun Meng ; Guo-Wei Huang

A downconversion micromixer with low-voltage cascode current mirrors at both transconductor and load stages has been implemented using the 0.18-mum CMOS technology in this paper. This micromixer has a single-to-differential RF input transconductance stage formed by the NMOS wide-swing cascode current mirror. PMOS wide-swing cascode current mirror is also employed to improve conversion gain while a super source follower is used at the output to reduce the output impedance and to transfer more power to the load. The fully integrated downconverter functions at 7 GHz and has the high conversion gain of 16 dB and high LO-to-IF isolation of 50 dB at 1.8 V supply voltage. The current consumption of the mixer core is 1 mA. Thanks to the low-voltage operation property of the wide-swing cascode current mirror, six transistors can be stacked within 1.8 V supply voltage.

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Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, 2007 IEEE

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9-15 June 2007