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Complete Design and Measurement Methodology for a Tunable RF Impedance-Matching Network

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5 Author(s)
Christophe Hoarau ; Microwave & Characterization Lab., Inst. of Microelectron., Grenoble ; N. Corrao ; J. -D. Arnould ; Philippe Ferrari
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This paper presents the design, fabrication, and characterization of a compact narrowband tunable impedance-matching network. A prototype was fabricated in hybrid technology using coplanar waveguide transmission lines and surface-mounted components. The network consists of a II-structure with tunable components made of varactors in series with inductors. Simulations and measurements are in good agreement. A new measurement methodology suitable for tunable impedance-matching networks is proposed. The results show that complex impedances with magnitudes varying from 6 Omega to 1 kOmega can be matched at 1 GHz and tuned in a 50% bandwidth. In addition, nonlinear measurements were done to fully characterize the network. The 1-dB compression point is reached at an input power of 20 dBm, while the input power for the third-order intermodulation intercept point is 21.3 dBm for a 1-kHz offset between the two input frequencies.

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:56 ,  Issue: 11 )