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A 2.4-GHz, 2.2-W, 2-V fully-integrated CMOS circular-geometry active-transformer power amplifier

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4 Author(s)
Aoki, I. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Kee, S.D. ; Rutledge, D. ; Hajimiri, A.

A 2.4-GHz, 2.2-W, 2-V fully integrated circular geometry power amplifier with 50 Ω input and output matching is fabricated using 2.5 V, 0.35 μm CMOS transistors. It can also produce 450 mW using a 1 V supply. Harmonic suppression is 64 dB or better. An on-chip circular-geometry active-transformer is used to combine several push-pull low-voltage amplifiers efficiently to produce a larger output power while maintaining a 50 Ω match. This new on-chip power combining and impedance matching method uses virtual AC grounds and magnetic couplings extensively to eliminate the need for any offchip component such as wirebonds. It also desensitizes the operation of the amplifier to the inductance of bonding wires and makes the design more reproducible. This new topology makes possible a fully-integrated 2.2 W, 2.4 GHz, low voltage CMOS power amplifier for the first time

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Custom Integrated Circuits, 2001, IEEE Conference on.

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