Adom-Bamfi, Gideon (2015-05). A Multiband Low Noise Amplifier for Software Defined Radio Using Switchable Active Shunt Feedback Input Matching. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon

abstract

  • Radio frequency (RF) receivers are the key front-end blocks in wireless devices such as smartphones, pagers, PDAs etc. An important block of the RF receiver is the Low-noise amplifier. It's function is to amplify with little noise addition, the RF signal received at the atenna. Modern wireless devices for example the smartphone, incorporates multiple functionalities supported by various RF standards- GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, GSM etc. Thus, the current trend in the wireless technology is to integrate radio receivers for each RF standard into a single system-on-chip (SoC) in order to reduce cost and area of the devices. In view of this, multiband RF receivers have been developed which feature multiband LNAs. This thesis presents the design and implementation of a multiband LNA for Software Defined Radio Applications. In this thesis, basic radio-frequency concepts are discussed which is followed by a discussion of pros and cons of various multistandard low-noise amplifier topologies. This is then followed by the design of the proposed reconfigurable LNA. The LNA is designed and fabricated in IBM 0.18um CMOS technology. It is made up of dual LC resonant tanks, one to switch between 5.2GHz and 3.5GHz frequency bands and the other, to switch between 2.4GHz and 1.8GHz bands. The input matching of the LNA is achieved using a switchable shunt active feedback network. The LNA achieves S21 of between 10.1dB and 13.43dB. It achieves an input matching (S11) between -13.44 dB and -11.97 dB. The noise figure measured ranges from 2.8 dB to 4.3 dB. The LNA also achieves an IIP3 from -7.12 dBm to -3.45 dBm at 50 MHz offset. The power consumption ranges from 7 mW to 7.2 mW.
  • Radio frequency (RF) receivers are the key front-end blocks in wireless devices such as smartphones, pagers, PDAs etc. An important block of the RF receiver is the Low-noise amplifier. It's function is to amplify with little noise addition, the RF signal received at the atenna. Modern wireless devices for example the smartphone, incorporates multiple functionalities supported by various RF standards- GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, GSM etc. Thus, the current trend in the wireless technology is to integrate radio receivers for each RF standard into a single system-on-chip (SoC) in order to reduce cost and area of the devices. In view of this, multiband RF receivers have been developed which feature multiband LNAs.

    This thesis presents the design and implementation of a multiband LNA for Software Defined Radio Applications. In this thesis, basic radio-frequency concepts are discussed which is followed by a discussion of pros and cons of various multistandard low-noise amplifier topologies. This is then followed by the design of the proposed reconfigurable LNA. The LNA is designed and fabricated in IBM 0.18um CMOS technology. It is made up of dual LC resonant tanks, one to switch between 5.2GHz and 3.5GHz frequency bands and the other, to switch between 2.4GHz and 1.8GHz bands. The input matching of the LNA is achieved using a switchable shunt active feedback network. The LNA achieves S21 of between 10.1dB and 13.43dB. It achieves an input matching (S11) between -13.44 dB and -11.97 dB. The noise figure measured ranges from 2.8 dB to 4.3 dB. The LNA also achieves an IIP3 from -7.12 dBm to -3.45 dBm at 50 MHz offset. The power consumption ranges from 7 mW to 7.2 mW.

publication date

  • May 2015