A 26-GHz transmitter front-end using double quadrature architecture

Hyo Sung Lee, Mingyo Park, Byung Wook Min

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A 26-GHz transmitter front-end is designed using 65 nm CMOS technology. The double frequency conversion transmitter consists of an intermediate frequency(IF) mixer, an millimeter-wave(mm-wave) mixer, and a pre-power amplifier. A double quadrature architecture is employed to accomplish image rejection without using an image rejection filter for the first time in the mm-wave frequency band. The IF mixer cores are designed as harmonic rejection mixers to avoid using IF filters. The measured conversion gain is 26.85±0.65 dB, with LO2 (IF LO) at 1–1.5 GHz and 26.9±0.6 dB with LO1 (mm-wave LO) at 27–29 GHz. The measured output return loss is less than -10 dB at 25.7–27.2 GHz. The output 1-dB compression point and the saturation output power measured at 26 GHz are 10 dBm and 14.1 dBm, respectively. The output-referred third-order intercept point (OIP3) measured at 26 GHz is 15.76 dBm. The third-order distortion, suppressed by the harmonic rejection mixer, is -60.5 dBc at an output power of 10 dBm. The error vector magnitude measured for OFDM 16-QAM with a 110-MHz signal bandwidth is -17.7 dB at an average output power of 3.5 dBm. The total power consumption of the proposed 26-GHz transmitter front-end is 267 mW, and it occupies a chip area of 2.31

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0216474
JournalPloS one
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by YSSRC and Space Core Technology Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (NRF-2017M1A3A3A02016255). The CAD tools were supported by IDEC.

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© 2019 Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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