Analysis and Optimization of Monolithic RF Downconversion Receivers

Analysis and Optimization of Monolithic RF Downconversion Receivers

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Analysis and Optimization of Monolithic RF Downconversion Receivers Christopher D. Hull Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences University of California at Berkeley Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2009-51 http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-51.html April 26, 2009
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Analysis and Optimization of Monolithic RF Downconversion Receivers by Christopher D. Hull B.S. (University of California at San Diego) 1987 M.S. (University of California at Berkeley) 1989 A dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the GRADUATE DIVISION of the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA at BERKELEY Committee in charge: Professor Robert G. Meyer, Chair Professor Edward A Lee Professor Heinz O Cordes 1992
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The dissertation of Christopher D. Hull is approved: ___________________________________________________________ Chair Date ___________________________________________________________ Date ___________________________________________________________ Date University of California at Berkeley 1992
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Analysis and Optimization of Monolithic RF Downconversion Receivers by Christopher D. Hull Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University Of California at Berkeley Professor Robert G. Meyer, Chair Design considerations for the front-end of radio-frequency receivers are presented. Emphasis is on silicon bipolar technology for receivers in the 1-3 GHz frequency range, though theoretical principles derived apply over a broad range of frequencies. Basic mixer and amplifier topologies are presented and their performance characteristics are analyzed. Analytic expressions for noise and distortion in linear amplifiers are presented. The performances of different topologies are compared. A new method of noise analysis for mixers is presented. The noise analysis is applied to the emitter-coupled pair mixer over a wide range of parameters variation to allow the designer to understand how noise performance changes with parameter variations. Results of distortion simulations over a range of parameters values are also presented. The mechanisms that create the distortion are explained, and the simulations results are presented in a way that allows an intuitive link between the simulated value of the distortion and the mechanism that creates that distortion. For verification of the methodology presented, the analysis techniques are applied to a specific circuit and compared to measured values. Computed values are close to the measured ones.
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Analysis and Optimization of Monolithic RF Downconversion Receivers

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