High Power and Linearity CMOS RFIC Transmit-Receive Switch for Ultra-Wideband Radar and Communication Systems Conference Paper uri icon


  • We report on the development of an ultra-wideband fully-integrated T/R switch, fabricated on a commercial standard 0.18- m CMOS process, with unprecedented performance. It occupies a very small die area of 230 m x 250 m. The new T/R switch employs an ultra-broadband topology based on the synthetic transmission-line concept with on-chip spiral inductors. Simultaneously floating and applying negative bias to the bulk or positive bias to the drain are implemented to enhance the linearity and power handling of the switch. The developed CMOS T/R switch exhibits an insertion loss lower than 1 dB from DC to 18 GHz and less than 2.5 dB up to 20 GHz. The measured isolation is between 32-60 dB, 25-32 dB, and 25-27 dB and P1dB varies between 25.4-26.2 dBm, 22.6-25.4 dBm, and 19.8-22.6 dBm from DC-10 GHz, 10-18 GHz, and 18-20 GHz, respectively. The measured input third-order intercept point (IIP3) reaches as high as 41 dBm.

name of conference

  • 2008 International Radar Symposium

published proceedings

  • 2008 International Radar Symposium

author list (cited authors)

  • Jin, Y., & Nguyen, C.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Jin, Yalin||Nguyen, Cam

publication date

  • May 2008