A D-Band 48-Gbit/s 64-QAM/QPSK Direct-Conversion I/Q Transceiver Chipset
Journal article, 2016

This paper presents design and characterization of single-chip 110–170-GHz ( -band) direct conversion in-phase/quadrature-phase (I/Q) transmitter (TX) and receiver (RX) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), realized in a 250-nm indium phosphide (InP) double heterojunction bipolar transistor (DHBT) technology. The chipset is suitable for low-power ultrahigh-speed wireless communication and can be used in both homodyne and heterodyne architectures. The TX consists of an I/Q modulator, a frequency tripler, and a broadband three-stage power amplifier. It has single sideband (SSB) conversion gain of 25 dB and saturated output power of 9 dBm. The RX includes an I/Q demodulator with -band amplifier and 3 multiplier chain at the LO port. The RX provides a conversion gain of 26 dB and has noise figure of 9 dB. A 48-Gbit/s direct quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK) data transmission using a 144-GHz millimeter-wave carrier signal is demonstrated with a bit error rate (BER) of 2.3 and energy efficiency of 7.44 pJ/bit. An 18-Gbit/s 64-quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signal was transmitted in heterodyne mode with measured TX-to-RX error vector magnitude (EVM) of less than 6.8% and spectrum efficiency of 3.6 bit/s/Hz. The TX and RX have dc power consumption of 165 and 192 mW, respectively. The chip area of each TX and RX circuit is 1.3mm by 0.9mm

direct conversion

Bit error rate (BER)

quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM)

I/Q transceiver

quaternary phase-shift keying (QPSK)

millimeter-wave (mmW) integrated circuits

mmW wireless communication

wireless link

monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs)

Author

Sona Carpenter

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Dhecha Nopchinda

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Morteza Abbasi

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Zhongxia Simon He

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Mingquang Bao

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Thomas Eriksson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Herbert Zirath

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques

0018-9480 (ISSN)

Vol. 64 4 1285-1296

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Telecommunications

Communication Systems

DOI

10.1109/TMTT.2016.2533491

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