Semiconductors / Integrated Circuits

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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Research@mwjournal.com

Comprehensive overview of microwave technology research projects currently being investigated by European academic institutions and commercial organizations
European Supplement Research@mwjournal.com Richard Mumford Microwave Journal European Editor A commitment to well funded, focused, commercially viable research is critical to the future prosperity of the microwave industry. In this special report Microwave Journal takes a snapshot of the research projects being investigated by academic and commercial establishments across...
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Integrating System and Circuit Simulation Capabilities

Introduction to Microwave Office 2002, the most recent version of the popular design suite
PRODUCT FEATURE  Integrating System and Circuit Simulation Capabilities Applied Wave Research Inc. (AWR) El Segundo, CA Version 5.0 of Microwave Office Design Suite will begin shipping in the fourth quarter of this year. The new release, called Microwave Office 2002, includes integrated system simulation capabilities that close the gap...
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A 17 to 27 GHz GaAs MMIC Gain Block Amplifier from Multiple Sources

Development of GaAs MMIC three-stage gain block amplifier covering the 17 to 27 GHz frequency range
PRODUCT FEATURE A 17 to 27 GHz GaAs MMIC Gain Block Amplifier from Multiple Sources Mimix Broadband Webster, TX A GaAs MMIC three-stage gain block amplifier covering the 17 to 27 GHz frequency range has been developed that features the option of individually biasing the three stages or biasing...
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Finite Element Determination of the Intrinsic Small-signal Equivalent Circuit of MESFETs

Description of a theoretical procedure used to calculate the intrinsic elements of a FET small-signal equivalent circuit
TECHNICAL FEATURE Finite Element Determination of the Intrinsic Small-signal Equivalent Circuit of MESFETs The finite element time domain method is used to determine the intrinsic elements of a broadband, small-signal equivalent circuit (SSEC) of FETs. The values of the different elements are calculated from the Y parameters of the...
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A Method of Measuring Large-signal S-parameters of High Power Transistors

Determination of large-signal scattering parameters of high power transistors from measured data during normal operation
TECHNICAL FEATURE A Method of Measuring Large-signal S-parameters of High Power Transistors A measurement method for scattering parameters (S-parameters) of high power transistors is presented. The proposed method directly determines the S-parameters of high power transistors by measuring overall gain, phase and S-parameters of input and output matching network...
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Design of a Planar Microstrip Balun at S-band

Design, simulation and measured results of a planar microstrip balun at S-band
TECHNICAL FEATURE Design of a Planar Microstrip Balun at S-band An innovation for the Marchand balun model is presented. The structure of the designed planar microstrip matching circuit is fairly simple, practical and easily fabricated without requiring complex multiple metal or dielectric layers. Moreover, the designed balun performs well....
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Using APLAC to Simulate an RFIC Mixer

Use of the APLAC Design Suite to simulate integrated mixer circuitry
PRODUCT FEATURE ="BANNER"> Using APLAC to Simulate an RFIC Mixer APLAC Solutions Inc. Irving, TX Mixers are important RF elements in modern communication devices. As the size of devices is reduced, RF integration is increased. Using the APLAC Design Suite, integrated mixer circuitry can be simulated using the RFIC...
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Frequency Control in a Low Voltage, Wide Tuning VCO Design at 2.4 GHz

A low voltage and wide tuning range voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) at 2.4 GHz is developed for ISM applications. A design procedure with the parasitics of packaged devices considered is offered. A VCO with a 200 MHz tuning range for less than 2 V ...
TECHNICAL FEATURE Frequency Control in a Low Voltage, Wide Tuning VCO Design at 2.4 GHz A low voltage and wide tuning range voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) at 2.4 GHz is developed for ISM applications. A design procedure with the parasitics of packaged devices considered is offered. A VCO with...
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* Two Novel Radar Vehicle Detectors for the Replacement of a Conventional Loop Detector

Introduction to intrusive and non-intrusive radar vehicle detectors developed at 24 GHz
TECHNICAL FEATURE Two Novel Radar Vehicle Detectors for the Replacement of a Conventional Loop Detector In this article, intrusive and non-intrusive radar vehicle detectors, compatible with existing inductive loop detectors (ILD) without any modification of the communication algorithm, have been developed at 24 GHz. The intrusive detector is based...
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