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A Novel High Linearity and Low Power Folded CMOS LNA for UWB Receivers

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1850047
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Circuits, Systems and Computers
Journal publication date13 Jul 2017
Early online date13 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jul 2017


This paper presents a high linearity and low power Low-Noise Amplifier (LNA) for Ultra-Wideband (UWB) receivers based on CHRT 0.18μm CMOS technology. In this work, the folded topology is adopted in order to reduce the supply voltage and power consumption. Moreover, a band-pass LC filter is embedded in the folded-cascode circuit to extend bandwidth. The transconductance nonlinearity has a great impact on the whole LNA linearity performance under a low supply voltage. A post-distortion (PD) technique employing an auxiliary transistor is applied in the transconductance stage to improve the linearity. The post-layout simulation results indicate that the proposed LNA achieves a maximum power gain of 12.8dB. The input and output reflection coefficients both are lower than -10.0dB over 2.5~11.5GHz. The input third-order intercept point (IIP3) is 5.6dBm at 8GHz and the noise figure (NF) is lower than 4.0dB. The LNA consumes 5.4mW power under a 1V supply voltage.

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