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Millimeter-wave front-end components in metamorphic HEMT technology

Rauscharme Milimeterwellen-Empfangsschaltungen in metamorpher HEMT Technologie
: Schlechtweg, M.; Kallfass, I.; Tessmann, A.; Schwörer, C.; Leuther, A.


1st European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference 2006. Proceedings. CD-ROM : EuMIC 2006, September 2006, Manchester
London: Horizon House, 2006
ISBN: 2-9600551-8-7
European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) <1, 2006, Manchester>
Fraunhofer IAF ()
MODFET; millimeterwave; Millimeterwelle; FET

We report on the latest results of millimeter-wave IC components realized using IAF's metamorphic HEMT technology, ranging from small-signal low-noise amplifiers to nonlinear applications such as power amplifiers and frequency converters. A G-band four-stage cascode amplifier MMIC achieves 21 dB gain at 220 GHz. At 155 GHz, a two-stage cascode design reaches 15 dB gain with a noise figure of 4 dB. Frequency conversion is demonstrated in a doubler, achieving more than 0 dBm output power over the frequency range from 180 to 220 GHz. The same doubler is combined with a resistive mixer to form a G-band down-converter with as low as 10 dB conversion loss. At 94 GHz, a two-stage power amplifier MMIC achieves 23.3 dBm.