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A new simultaneous noise and input power matching technique for monolithic LNA's using cascode feedback

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2 Author(s)
Beom Kyu Ko ; Samsung Electron. Co. Ltd., Kyungki-Do, South Korea ; Kwyro Lee

In this paper, a new simultaneous impedance-matching technique of Γopt (optimum noise-match source reflection coefficient) and Gmax (maximum available power gain-match (MAPG) source reflection coefficient) using cascode feedback (CF) is proposed. A 1.57-GHz single-stage monolithic-microwave Integrated-circuit (MMIC) low-noise amplifier (LNA) designed with this technique has been fabricated using GaAs MESFET technology in order to verify the feasibility of this scheme. The measured response agrees well with the simulated performance. Extensive computer simulation shows that when silicon npn bipolar junction transistor (BJT) is used, this scheme enables us to make both Γopt and Gmax points near to 50 Ω, in addition to the simultaneous noise and input power matching. In addition, it has all the advantages of negative feedback such as stability, wider bandwidth, and insensitivity against parameter variation

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 9 )