A +14.2 dBm, 90–140 GHz Wideband Frequency Tripler in 250-nm InP DHBT Technology
Journal article, 2018

A single-chip active frequency tripler circuit with output at F-band (90-140 GHz) is presented. A common-emitter transistor stage with input and output matching circuits is used to produce the third harmonic, followed by a five-pole bandpass filter and a wideband four-stage power amplifier to amplify and increase the output power. The circuit is implemented in a 250-nm InP double-heterostructure bipolar transistor technology with ft/fmax 350/650 GHz, respectively. The chip achieves a peak output power of 14.2 dBm from 99 to 126 GHz at 2-dBm input power and conversion gain of 13 dB at -2-dBm input power. The measured 3-dB output bandwidth is 51 GHz from 90 to 141 GHz which corresponds to 44.2% relative bandwidth. It demonstrates up to 23-dBc rejection ratio of the first and the second harmonics. The dc power consumption is 156 mW at 2-dBm input power. The chip size is 0.9 × 0.96 mm2 including pads and achieves a power efficiency of 16.7%.

output power

multiplier

frequency tripler

InP

power amplifier.

F-band

double-heterostructure bipolar transistor (DHBT)

— Band-pass filter

Author

Sona Carpenter

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Zhongxia Simon He

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Vessen Vassilev

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Herbert Zirath

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters

1531-1309 (ISSN)

Vol. 28 3 239-241 17616747

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Communication Systems

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Condensed Matter Physics

DOI

10.1109/LMWC.2018.2802722

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5/14/2018