Comparison of two SiGe 2-stage E-band Power Amplifier Architectures

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Abstract

This paper presents simulation and measurement results for two 2-stage E-band power amplifiers implemented in 0.18um SiGe technology with fT = 200 GHz. To increase the power gain by mitigating the effect of the base-collector capacitance, the first design uses a differential cascode topology with a 2.7 V supply voltage. The second design instead uses capacitive cross-coupling of a differential common emitter stage, previously not demonstrated in mm-wave SiGe PAs, and has a supply voltage of only 1.5V. Low supply voltage is advantageous since a common supply can then be shared between the transceiver and the PA. To maximize the power gain and robustness, both designs use a transformer based interstage matching. The cascode design achieves a measured power gain, S21 , of 16 dB at 92 GHz with 17GHz 3-dB bandwidth, and a simulated saturated output power, Psat , of 17 dBm with a 16% peak PAE. The cross-coupled design achieves a measured S21 of 10 dB at 93 GHz with 16 GHz 3-dB bandwidth, and a simulated Psat, of 15 dBm with 16% peak PAE. Comparing the measured and simulated results for the two amplifier architectures, the cascode topology is more robust, while the cross-coupled topology would benefit from a programmable cross-coupling capacitance.

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  • Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Keywords

  • PA, E-band, SiGe
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems, APCCAS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages666-669
Number of pages4
Volume13
ISBN (Electronic)978-150901570-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventIEEE ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS (APPCAS 2016) - Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2016 Oct 252016 Oct 28

Conference

ConferenceIEEE ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS (APPCAS 2016)
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju Island
Period2016/10/252016/10/28