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A single-stage 24 GHz triple stacked power amplifier using 0.13 μm CMOS process is demonstrated. To Compare with parallel current combining method, series voltage combining method using a stacked amplifier architecture can realize a large output voltage swing from the top transistor without exceeding the transistor breakdown voltage limitations. However, at high frequencies, parasitic capacitances at the drain of each transistor become significant and it cause the phase difference between output current and voltage swing which degrades the performance of the power amplifier (PA). To solve this problem, the optimum inter-stage matching technique using inductors is introduced. With proposed optimum inter-stage matching method, the power amplifier performs a gain of 12.2 dB and saturated output power of 17.5 dBm with power added efficiency (PAE) of 20.5%. The 3dB output bandwidth is from 20.7-26.8 GHz.
Date of Conference: 26-30 Sept. 2011