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Mask Programmable CMOS Transistor Arrays for Wideband RF Integrated Circuits

Rabieirad, Lelah and Martinez, Edgar J. and Mohammadi, Saeed (2009) Mask Programmable CMOS Transistor Arrays for Wideband RF Integrated Circuits. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 57 (6). pp. 1439-1446. ISSN 0018-9480.

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A mask programmable technology to implement RF and microwave integrated circuits using an array of standard 90-nm CMOS transistors is presented. Using this technology, three wideband amplifiers with more than 15-dB forward transmission gain operating in different frequency bands inside a 4-22-GHz range are implemented. The amplifiers achieve high gain-bandwidth products (79-96 GHz) despite their standard multistage designs. These amplifiers are based on an identical transistor array interconnected with application specific coplanar waveguide (CPW) transmission lines and on-chip capacitors and resistors. CPW lines are implemented using a one-metal-layer post-processing technology over a thick Parylene-N (15 mum ) dielectric layer that enables very low loss lines (~0.6 dB/mm at 20 GHz) and high-performance CMOS amplifiers. The proposed integration approach has the potential for implementing cost-efficient and high-performance RF and microwave circuits with a short turnaround time.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 2009 IEEE. Manuscript received September 12, 2008; revised December 18, 2008. First published May 02, 2009; current version published June 10, 2009. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Project ECCS 0802178.
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Subject Keywords:Amplifiers; coplanar waveguide (CPW); gain-bandwidth product; mask programmable technology; Parylene-N; Si CMOS; transmission line; wideband circuits
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Official Citation:Rabieirad, L.; Martinez, E.J.; Mohammadi, S., "Mask Programmable CMOS Transistor Arrays for Wideband RF Integrated Circuits," Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on , vol.57, no.6, pp.1439-1446, June 2009 URL:
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Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:14 Sep 2009 18:50
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