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Semiconductors / Integrated Circuits

Phase Invariant Attenuators

Use of phase invariant attenuator to change the amplitude in the processing of a microwave signal with minimal impact to the phase characteristic
Product Feature Phase Invariant Attenuators G.T. Microwave Inc. Randolph, NJ The function of a phase invariant attenuator is to change the amplitude in the processing of a microwave signal with minimal impact to the phase characteristic. The theory of operation is that when a signal reaches its maximum attenuation,...
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An Automatic Macro Program for Radio Frequency MOSFET Characteristics Analysis

Introduction to an automatic macro program used for the analysis of radio frequency MOSFETs
Technical Feature An Automatic Macro Program for Radio Frequency MOSFET Characteristics Analysis The parameter extraction language (PEL) in Agilent IC-CAP software is used to develop an automatic macro program for the analysis of the characteristics of RF MOSFETs. By using this powerful macro program, the time spent on the...
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Fractional-N Synthesizers

Description of fractional-N synthesizers and the associated systems used to implement the technology in commercially available products
Technical Feature Fractional-N Synthesizers David Owen IFR Systems Inc. Wichita, KS Fig. 1 A basic fractional-N system with no jitter correction based on a single accumulator. Fractional-N synthesizers have been used for many years to improve the performance of indirect frequency synthesizers. A simple indirect synthesizer consists of a...
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Regrowth of Data Spectral Sidelobes from AM/PM Effects and Hard Limiting

Framework for analyzing and predicting the power spectral sidelobe regrowth from soft saturating amplification of data signals having small percentage carrier ripple
Technical Feature Regrowth of Data Spectral Sidelobes from AM/PM Effects and Hard Limiting Frank Amoroso Santa Ana, CA A previous article 1 set forth a framework for analyzing and predicting the power spectral sidelobe regrowth from soft saturating amplification of data signals having small percentage carrier ripple. The results...
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Design of a Low Phase Noise Ku-band Oscillator Using a SiGe HBT

Presentation of the characteristics of a commercially available SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistor used in an oscillator operating at Ku-band
Technical Feature Design of a Low Phase Noise Ku-band Oscillator Using a SiGe HBT Myrianne Regis, Hugues Lafontaine and Steve Kovacic SiGe Semiconductor Ottawa, ON, Canada Gilles Cibiel and Olivier Llopis LAAS-CNRS Toulouse, France In the past decade, the demand for microwave, millimeter-wave and wireless communication systems has rapidly...
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Lossy Linearizers for Reduction of Nonlinear Distortion

Description of a technique used for reducing distortion components in nonlinear electronic or electro-optic devices
Technical Feature Lossy Linearizers for Reduction of Nonlinear Distortion This article describes a technique for reducing distortion components in nonlinear electronic or electro-optic devices. The linearizer circuits are capable of generating both even- or odd-order distortion, or any combination thereof. Both compressive (180°) and expansive (0°) nonlinearity can be...
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RAWCON2001 Conference Report

A recap of the 2001 IEEE Radio and Wireless Conference held August 19 to 22 in Waltham, MA
Special Report RAWCON2001 Conference Report RAWCON2001 Highlights Interdisciplinary Wireless Data Technology Michael S. Heutmaker RAWCON2001 General Chair The 2001 IEEE Radio and Wireless Conference (RAWCON2001), held in Waltham, MA, on August 19 to 22, 2001, explored interdisciplinary aspects of RF technology and wireless communications. This year several elements of...
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Design of a Novel Vector Modulator

Introduction to a vector modulator that controls magnitude and phase of an input signal
Technical Feature Design of a Novel Vector Modulator A vector modulator that controls magnitude and phase of an input signal is proposed in this article. The previous magnitude and phase-controlling circuits, composed of an attenuator and a phase shifter, permit phase and gain cross-coupling. The proposed modulator, which is...
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Advanced RF Technologies for the Wireless Market

Detailed overview of the different architectures available for transceiver ICs with greater emphasis on near-zero IF configuration
Technical Feature Advanced RF Technologies for the Wireless Market Yvan Droinet Philips Semiconductors Caen, France Most products in the wireless world require more and more miniaturization. This incentive leads integrated circuit designers to develop innovative architectures with higher and higher integration levels. On the one hand, there is a...
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A Simple VVA RFIC Design with a Focus on Repeatability and Stability

Description of an FET-based voltage variable attenuator, its characteristics, design trade-offs and common topologies
Technical Feature A Simple VVA RFIC Design with a Focus on Repeatability and Stability A novel voltage variable attenuator (VVA) integrated circuit reduces the sensitivity of the transfer curves to temperature and process variations. The new solution is achieved without compromising the simplicity of a single positive voltage control...
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