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- Item168-195 GHz Power Amplifier with Output Power Larger Than 18 dBm in BiCMOS Technology(New York, NY : IEEE, 2020) Ali, Abdul; Yun, Jongwon; Giannini, Franco; Ng, Herman Jalli; Kissinger, Dietmar; Colantonio, PaoloThis paper presents a 4-way combined G-band power amplifier (PA) fabricated with a 130-nm SiGe BiCMOS process. First, a single-ended PA based on the cascode topology (CT) is designed at 185 GHz, which consists of three stages to get an overall gain and an output power higher than 27 dB and 13 dBm, respectively. Then, a 4-way combiner/splitter was designed using low-loss transmission lines at 130-210 GHz. Finally, the combiner was loaded with four single-ended PAs to complete the design of a 4-way combined PA. The chip of the fabricated PA occupies an area of 1.35mm2. The realized PA shows a saturated output power of 18.1 dBm with a peak gain of 25.9 dB and power-added efficiency (PAE) of 3.5% at 185 GHz. A maximum output power of 18.7 dBm with PAE of 4.4% is achieved at 170 GHz. The 3-dB and 6-dB bandwidth of the PA are 27 and 42 GHz, respectively. In addition, the PA delivers a saturated output power higher than 18 dBm in the frequency range 140-186 GHz. To the best of our knowledge, the power reported in this paper is the highest for G-band SiGe BiCMOS PAs. © 2013 IEEE.
- ItemHigh Performance Asymmetric Coupled Line Balun at Sub-THz Frequency(Basel : MDPI, 2019) Ali, Abdul; Yun, Jongwon; Ng, Herman Jalli; Kissinger, Dietmar; Giannini, Franco; Colantonio, PaoloIn this paper, we report a high-performance balun with characteristics suitable for future broadband sub-THz differential circuits. The idea of the balun is based on three asymmetric coupled lines, which enhance the odd mode capacitances to equalize the even/odd mode phase velocities. The inner line of the three asymmetric coupled lines is configured to form the open stub ( λ /2), while the outer lines form short stubs ( λ /4). To further reduce the phase imbalance, the short stubs in one of the arms of the balun are connected with vias and a lower metal layer. The balun is developed using the standard 130-nm SiGe BiCMOSback-end process and EM simulated with ADS momentum and Sonnet. The −10-dB reflection coefficient (S 11 ) bandwidth of the balun is 136 GHz (88–224 GHz). It shows insertion loss (including RF pads) <1.5 dB, phase imbalance <7 degrees, and amplitude imbalance <1 dB at 94–177 GHz. Furthermore, a scaled-down version of the balun operates on the WR-6, WR-5, and WR-4 frequency bands without significant degradation in its performance. Such characteristics of the balun make it an ideal candidate for various broadband differential circuits.
- ItemA Scalable Four-Channel Frequency-Division Multiplexing MIMO Radar Utilizing Single-Sideband Delta-Sigma Modulation(New York, NY : IEEE, 2019) Ng, Herman Jalli; Hasan, Raqibul; Kissinger, DietmarA scalable four-channel multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radar that features a modular system architecture and a novel frequency-division multiplexing approach is presented in this article. It includes a single 30-GHz voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) for the local oscillator signal generation, four cascaded 120-GHz transceivers with a frequency quadrupler, and on-board differential series-fed patch antennas. The utilized uniform antenna configuration results in 16 virtual array elements and enables an angular resolution of 6.2°. The vector modulators in the transmit (TX) paths allow the application of complex bit streams of second-order delta-sigma modulators easily generated on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) to implement single-sideband (SSB) modulation on the TX signals resulting in orthogonal waveforms for the MIMO operation. Only one phase-locked loop and no digital-To-Analog converter is required. The waveform diversity also allows the simultaneous transmission of the TX signals to reduce the measurement time. The application of the SSB modulation on the frequency-modulated continuous-wave MIMO radar requires only half of the intermediate frequency bandwidth compared with the double-sideband modulation. The issue of the phase and amplitude mismatches at the virtual array elements due to the scalable radar architecture is addressed and a calibration solution is introduced in this article. Radar measurements using different numbers of virtual array elements were compared and the digital-beamforming method was applied to the results to create 2-D images. © 1963-2012 IEEE.