3 - 10 GHz Ultra-Wideband Low-Noise Amplifier Using Inductive-Series Peaking Technique with Cascode Common-Source Circuit

Chia-Song Wu, Tah-Yeong Lin, Chien-Huang Chang, Hsien-Ming Wu
2011 Wireless Engineering and Technology  
The objective of this paper is to investigate a ultra-wideband (UWB) low noise amplifier (LNA) by utilizing a two-stage cascade circuit schematic associated with inductive-series peaking technique, which can improve the bandwidth in the 3 -10 GHz microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC). The proposed UWB LNA amplifier was implemented with both co-planer waveguide (CPW) layout and 0.15 μm GaAs D-mode pHEMT technology. Based on those technologies, this proposed UWB LNA with a chip size of
more » ... 5 mm × 1.4 mm, obtained a flatness gain 3 dB bandwidth of 4 -8 GHz, the constant gain of 4 dB, noise figure lower than 5 dB, and the return loss better than -8.5 dB. Based on our experimental results, the low noise amplifier using the inductive-series peaking technique can obtain a wider bandwidth, low power consumption and high flatness of gain in the 3 -10 GHz. Finally, the overall LNA characterization exhibits ultra-wide bandwidth and low noise characterization, which illustrates that the proposed UWB LNA has a compact size and favorable RF characteristics. This UWB LNA circuit demonstrated the high RF characterization and could provide for the low noise micro-wave circuit applications.
doi:10.4236/wet.2011.24034 fatcat:btcm2jo5y5evhgas5rbgpehapq