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This brief presents an electrostatic discharge (ESD)-protected receiver front-end for wireless communications around 24 GHz. A Π-type input matching network incorporating two split ESD capacitances and an on-chip inductor is constructed to realize the source impedance transformation for high gain, good input matching, and only slightly degraded noise figure (NF). The measured results show that the front-end has an input return loss of less than -12 dB, a 36-dB voltage gain, a 6.8-dB NF, and a 2-dBm output CP1dB. The chip, fabricated in 0.13-μm RF CMOS process, has a protection level equivalent to ±2-kV human body model ESD and consumes 40 mA from a 1.2-V supply with a total area of 1 × 0.8 mm2.
Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:58 , Issue: 8 )
Date of Publication: Aug. 2011