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A Low-Power BiCMOS 4-Element Phased Array Receiver for 76–84 GHz Radars and Communication Systems

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2 Author(s)
Sang Young Kim ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA ; Rebeiz, G.M.

This paper presents a 76-84 GHz low-power 4- element phased array receiver built using a 0.13 μm BiCMOS process. The power consumption is reduced by using a single-ended design and alternating the amplifiers and phase shifter cells to result in a low noise figure at a low power consumption. A variable gain amplifier and an 11° trim bit are used to correct for the rms gain and phase errors at different operating frequencies. The phased array consumes 32 mW per channel and results in a gain of 10-19 dB at 76-84 GHz, a noise figure of 10.5 ±0.5 dB at 80 GHz and an rms gain and phase error <;0.8 dB and <;7.2 °, respectively, up to 81 GHz, and <;1.1 dB and 10.4° up to 84 GHz. The phased array also shows a channel to channel coupling of <; - 30 dB up to 84 GHz. To our knowledge, this work presents state-of-the-art on-chip performance at W-band frequencies.

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 2 )