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A 2-dB noise figure 900-MHz differential CMOS LNA

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5 Author(s)
Gatta, F. ; Dipartimento di Elettronica, Pavia Univ., Italy ; Sacchi, E. ; Svelto, F. ; Vilmercati, P.
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This paper proposes a new circuit topology for RF CMOS low noise amplifier (LNA). Since pMOS devices are approaching the performances of nMOS devices in scaled technologies, the idea is to realize the input stage shunting an inductively degenerated nMOS stage with a pMOS one. In this way, due to the inherent current reuse, the performances can be improved using the same power consumption. Since the devices of an inductively degenerated input stage are working in moderate inversion (at least at moderate power dissipation), prior to the stage optimization an appropriate moderate inversion model is introduced. A fully differential 900-MHz 0.35-μm CMOS LNA (plus output buffer) prototype achieves the following performances: 2-dB noise figure (NF), 17.5-dB power gain, -6-dBm IIP3 with 8-mA current consumption from a 2.7-V voltage supply. To the author's knowledge, this is the lowest reported NF for a fully differential CMOS LNA operating at this power consumption level. As an additional feature, this LNA has a programmable gain

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 10 )