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A Q-Band Current-Reused Low Noise Amplifier with Simultaneous Noise and Input Matching

By Chunshuang Xie, Peng Wu, Zhongjun Yu, and Cheng Tan
Progress In Electromagnetics Research C, Vol. 111, 163-172, 2021


In this paper, a Q-band GaAs low noise amplifier (LNA) for satellite communications is presented. The LNA is designed using common-source (CS) topology, self-biased configuration and current-reused technology. Simultaneous noise and input matching are achieved by employing source series inductance. The current-reused LNA is fabricated in a 90 nm GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) process. On-wafer measurement results show that the LNA features a small-signal gain of 23.8~24.5 dB, noise figure (NF) of 2~2.1 dB, and output 1-dB compression point (OP1 dB) of 6.6~8 dBm over 36~42 GHz, while consuming 10.9 mA with a supply voltage of 5 V. The chip size is 1.6×0.8 mm2 including all RF and dc pads.


Chunshuang Xie, Peng Wu, Zhongjun Yu, and Cheng Tan, "A Q-Band Current-Reused Low Noise Amplifier with Simultaneous Noise and Input Matching," Progress In Electromagnetics Research C, Vol. 111, 163-172, 2021.


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