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We present a transceiver chipset consisting of a four channel receiver (Rx) and a single-channel transmitter (Tx) designed in a 200-GHz SiGe BiCMOS technology. Each Rx channel has a conversion gain of 19 dB with a typical single sideband noise figure of 10 dB at 1-MHz offset. The Tx includes two exclusively-enabled voltage-controlled oscillators on the same die to switch between two bands at 76-77 and 77-81 GHz. The phase noise is -97 dBc/Hz at 1-MHz offset. On-wafer, the output power is 2 × 13 dBm. At 3.3-V supply, the Rx chip draws 240 mA, while the Tx draws 530 mA. The power dissipation for the complete chipset is 2.5 W. The two chips are used as vehicles for a 77-GHz package test. The chips are packaged using the redistribution chip package technology. We compare on-wafer measurements with on-board results. The loss at the RF port due to the transition in the package results to be less than 1 dB at 77 GHz. The results demonstrate an excellent potential of the presented millimeter-wave package concept for millimeter-wave applications.
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:60 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication: March 2012