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A 2.8-mW Sub-2-dB Noise-Figure Inductorless Wideband CMOS LNA Employing Multiple Feedback

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5 Author(s)
Sobhy, E.A. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX, USA ; Helmy, A.A. ; Hoyos, Sebastian ; Entesari, K.
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A wideband low-noise amplifier (LNA), which is a key block in the design of broadband receivers for multiband wireless communication standards, is presented in this paper. The LNA is a fully differential common-gate structure. It uses multiple feedback paths, which add degrees of freedom in the choice of the LNA transconductance to reduce the noise figure (NF) and increase the amplification. The proposed LNA avoids the use of bulky inductors that leads to area and cost saving. A prototype is implemented in IBM 90-nm CMOS technology. It covers the frequency range of 100 MHz to 1.77 GHz. The core consumes 2.8 mW from a 2-V supply occupying an area of 0.03 mm2. Measurements show a gain of 23 dB with a 3-dB bandwidth of 1.76 GHz. The minimum NF is 1.85 dB, while the average NF is 2 dB across the whole band. The LNA achieves a return loss greater than 10 dB across the entire band and a third-order input intercept point IIP3 of - 2.85 dBm at the maximum gain frequency.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:59 ,  Issue: 12 )