In this paper, we present the design of an integrated low noise amplifier (LNA) for WLAN applications in the 6 GHz range using a low complexity SiGe BiCMOS technology. The SiGe HBTs used In the design feature a typical cut-off frequency "Ft" of 45 GHz and a typical maximum oscillation frequency "Fmax" of 60 GHz The LNA exhibits a 17 dB power gain with a 1.4… (More)
The noise behavior of microwave amplifiers operating under a large-signal condition has been studied in this paper. A Gaussian noise is added to a microwave signal and they are applied at the input of several amplifying devices. Experimental data show a decrease of the output noise spectral density when the power of the microwave signal at the input of the… (More)
In this paper, we present the design of an integrated low noise amplifier (LNA) for WLAN applications in the 6 GHz range using a SiGe BiCMOS technology. The SiGe HBTs feature a cut-off frequency f/sub t/ higher than 40 GHz and maximum oscillation frequency f/sub max/ higher than 50 GHz. The design of some of the passive devices of the circuit has been… (More)
This paper deals with a novel technological solution based on the use of surface micromachining in coplanar slots that are filled with a thick organic dielectric layer. This technique enables both Q factor and losses improvements of passive circuits realized on low resistivity silicon substrate. It permits indeed to achieve much better attenuation level… (More)
This paper addresses advanced low frequency noise measurements and modeling of SiGe HBTs. Results have been implemented into a nonlinear Gummel Poon model which has been validated through the design of a DRO made of an integrated SiGe negative resistance in the 10 GHz range. We have obtained phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset, which is close to the… (More)
This paper reports on structures of frequency divider to be used in the first stage of a dual modulus prescaler. A divider by 2, the prescaler elementary cell, has been designed and characterized. A 4/5 divider is presented as a natural extension of the divider by 2. A first realization has been characterized. We show that an asynchronous structure can… (More)
This paper addresses some reliability properties of SiGe HBTs. We first verified that no major problems were related to the SiGe layer through DC life tests. In the second step, we investigated the hot carrier influence on the DC, noise and microwave properties of these devices. We found that some degradation was occurring at the extrinsic base region in… (More)
This paper presents the low frequency noise behavior of advanced SiGe HBT's. It is investigated the influence of the Ge rate on the low frequency noise properties. We propose a scaleable non linear model that is compatible with commercial CAD platform.