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A Wideband CPW Ring Power Combiner With Low Insertion Loss and High Port Isolation

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5 Author(s)
Chong Li ; Sch. of Eng., Univ. of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK ; Khalid, A. ; Papageorgiou, V. ; Lok, L.B.
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In this letter, we present a coplanar waveguide (CPW)-based ring power combiner that exhibits less than 0.8 dB insertion loss, better than 15 dB port match and higher than 22 dB isolation loss over the frequency range from 50 to 100 GHz. Compared with the conventional two-way Wilkinson combiner, the proposed ring power combiner replaces the resistor between the two input ports with two quasi quarter-wave CPWs, a 180° CPW phase inverter, and two resistors that lead to frequency-insensitive port isolation and wideband port match. The power combiner is realized using an electron beam-based GaAs MMIC process along with simple electron beam airbridge technology. These results agree well with 3-D full-wave simulations.

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Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, IEEE  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 11 )