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A 52-GHz 8.5-dB Traveling-Wave Amplifier in 0.13- \mu m Standard CMOS Process

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4 Author(s)
Egels, M. ; Inst. Mater. Microelectron. Nanosci. de Provence, Marseille ; Gaubert, J. ; Pannier, P. ; Bourdel, S.

The design of a traveling-wave amplifier (TWA) in 0.13-mum standard CMOS technology is presented. It is designed to maximize the gain-bandwidth product (GBP). An asymmetric cascode, coplanar waveguide (CPW), and loss compensation technique enables maximization of the TWA GBP. Design and modeling of 90-Omega CPW used to synthesize inductors of the TWA lines is presented. Simulations with a design kit and developed models for CPW show a 52-GHz bandwidth with a maximum power gain of 8.5 dB at 10 GHz for a 135-mW power consumption. Measurements up to 40 GHz confirm these results.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:56 ,  Issue: 5 )