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A Low-Power UWB-IR Transmitter by Tapered Nonlinear Transmission Lines

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3 Author(s)
Yu, F. ; Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, United States ; Lyon, K. G. ; Kan, E. C.

We present a low-power transmitter for the ultra-wide-band impulse radio utilizing tapered nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) designs. As the energy in each pulse scales with the inverse of frequency, the tapered NLTL achieves up to 40% energy improvement over a uniform NLTL transmitter. We fabricated three 10 GHz transmitters with different tapering factors in 0.13 $mu$m RF-CMOS technology and demonstrated 15 pJ of energy consumption per pulse.

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Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, IEEE  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec. 2012

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