Symmetric offset stack balun in standard 0.13-μm CMOS technology for three broadband and low-loss balanced passive mixer designs

Hwann Kaeo Chiou, Jui Yi Lin

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Abstract

This paper presents symmetric offset stack Marchand single and dual baluns that are designed, analyzed, and implemented in a 0.18-μm CMOS process to verify the feasibility. Both single and dual baluns achieve measured bandwidths (BWs) of over 110% and 90%, and insertion losses of less than 4.4 and 7.4 dB at 38 GHz. The amplitude imbalance and phase imbalance of single and dual baluns are less than 1 dB and 5̊ from 10 to 67 and 11 to 50 GHz, respectively. The baluns were used in three broadband balanced passive mixers, i.e., a single-balanced resistive mixer (SBRM), a star mixer, and a subharmonic gate pumped resistive mixer (SHPRM) design in a 0.13-μm CMOS technology. These mixers exhibit wide BWs over 14-45 GHz (105%), 1854 GHz (100%), and 28-50 GHz (56%). The 14-45-GHz SBRM achieves a conversion loss of better than 12 dB at 7 dBm of local oscillator (LO) power. The LO to RF and LO to IF isolations are better than 30 dB. The chip area is 0.53 mm2. The star mixer achieves a conversion loss of better than 12 dB from 18 to 54 GHz, and LO to RF, LO to IF, and RF to IF isolations better than 35 dB at LO frequencies spanning 10-60 GHz. The chip area is 0.6 mm2. The SHPRM has a conversion loss of better than 11 dB from 28 to 50 GHz. The isolations are better than 31 dB and occupy a chip area of 0.61 mm2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5764505
Pages (from-to)1529-1538
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Volume59
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Balun
  • CMOS
  • monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC)
  • single-balanced resistive mixer (SBRM)
  • star mixer
  • subharmonic pumped resistive mixer
  • symmetric offset coupled lines

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