A 20-36-GHz Voltage-Controlled Analog Distributed Attenuator With a Wide Attenuation Range and Low Phase Imbalance

Bosung Suh, Byung Wook Min

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Abstract

A K-/Ka-band distributed attenuator in a 28-nm CMOS process is presented for a phased array. The proposed voltage-controlled distributed attenuator is designed using nonuniform varistors for a wide attenuation range with a compact size. An attenuation range of 25 dB was achieved with only three sections, which are 90° apart. The phase imbalance of the proposed attenuator is minimized using an artificial quarter-wave transmission line with series-connected varistors. The measured insertion loss of the proposed attenuator is 1.6-2.5 dB from 20 to 36 GHz. The insertion phase imbalance is less than 10° within the same bandwidth. The input 1-dB compression point is 10.6 dBm (defined as the 1-dB drop in the maximum attenuation range) at 28 GHz. The total chip size, including pads, is 0.77 x 0.42 mm². The proposed attenuator has the highest attenuation range relative to the chip area compared with previously distributed attenuators.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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IEEE

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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