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Design and Analysis for a 60-GHz Low-Noise Amplifier With RF ESD Protection

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7 Author(s)
Bo-Jr Huang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Grad., Nat. Taiwan Univ., Taipei ; Chi-Hsueh Wang ; Chung-Chun Chen ; Ming-Fong Lei
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An RF electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for millimeter-wave (MMW) regime applied to a 60-GHz low-noise amplifier (LNA) in mixed-signal and RF purpose 0.13-mum CMOS technology is demonstrated in this paper. The measured results show that this chip achieves a small signal gain of 20.4 dB and a noise figure (NF) of 8.7 dB at 60 GHz with 65-mW dc power consumption. Without ESD protection, the LNA exhibits a gain of 20.2 dB and an NF of 7.2 dB at 60 GHz. This ESD protection using an impedance isolation method to minimize the RF performance degradation sustains 6.5-kV voltage level of the human body model on the diode and 1.5 kV on the core circuit, which is much higher than that without ESD protection (< 350 V). To our knowledge, this is the first CMOS LNA with RF ESD protection in the MMW regime and has the highest operation frequency reported to date.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 2 )