A highly selective LNTA capable of large-signal handling for RF receiver front-ends

M. Mehrpoo, R. Bogdan Staszewski
2013 2013 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC)  
To achieve ultimately flexible multi-core radio operation, wide-band receiver RF front-ends must be robust against interference well in excess of the requirements usually specified by a radio standard. In this paper, a highly selective, very linear low-noise transconductance amplifier (LNTA) capable of large-signal handling for current-mode receiver (RX) front-ends is proposed and implemented in 65-nm CMOS. It is shown that by combining on-chip high-Q bandpass filters with a push/pull class-AB
more » ... ommon-gate stage, a measured 1-dB desensitization point (B 1dB ) and large-signal IIP 3 of +8 dBm and +20 dBm, respectively, can be achieved. In addition, by applying a noise cancellation technique, via an auxiliary push/pull class-AB commonsource stage, the proposed LNTA measures a moderate NF of 5.9 dB, which is a very competitive number for such high value of B 1dB . The circuit consumes 7.5 mA at 1.5 V.
doi:10.1109/rfic.2013.6569556 fatcat:3jv5af2hrrfhnhlo4luzb6w56a