Balun LNA with continuously controllable gain and with noise and distortion cancellation

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In this paper we present a balun LNA with gain adjustable continuously by a voltage. The LNA is based on the combination of a common-gate and a common-source stage to cancel the noise and distortion of the common-gate stage. To obtain higher gain with the same DC voltage drop we replace resistors by PMOS transistors. This also allows continuous gain control and we show that by proper design, the effect on IIP3 and IIP2 can be neglected. With this approach, we avoid the use of switches, and the input impedance and the noise figure are not affected. Simulation results with a 130 nm CMOS technology show that the balun LNA has gain continuously tunable between 12 and 20 dB. The NF is below than 3.2 dB and the best IIP3 is higher than 0 dBm and the maximum IIP2 is 14 dBm. The total power dissipation is only 4.8 mW for a bandwidth of 5 GHz.
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Title of host publicationIEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS 2012)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
EventISCAS 2012 - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems -
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …


ConferenceISCAS 2012 - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
Period1/01/12 → …

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