An mm-Wave CMOS I-Q Subharmonic Resistive Mixer for Wideband Zero-IF Receivers

Dristy Parveg (Corresponding Author), Mikko Varonen, Amirreza Safaripour, Pekka Kangaslahti, Mikko Kantanen, Tero Tikka, Todd Gaier, Kari A.I. Halonen, Ali Hajimiri

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    In this letter, we propose a novel wideband subharmonically pumped fully differential I-Q resistive mixer architecture, which eliminates the necessity for on-chip dc-blocking capacitors to integrate IF amplifiers. The proposed differential subharmonic mixer topology is verified by presenting a CMOS millimeter-wave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC), which includes the mixer and two on-chip differential IF amplifiers at the mixer's I- and Q-channels. The 3-dB IF frequency bandwidth is measured from 0.01 to 5 GHz with a peak conversion gain (CG) of -2 dB and an image rejection ratio (IRR) of more than 25 dB over the IF frequency range. The proposed mixer covers the input signal (RF) frequency from 170 to 185 GHz. The mixer has also been tested with an on-chip voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) and shows -4.7-dB CG with a 3-dB IF bandwidth from 0.01 to 4.5 GHz.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number9050411
    Pages (from-to)520-523
    Number of pages4
    JournalIEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2020
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • differential mixer
    • I - Q
    • IF integration
    • image rejection
    • millimeter-wave (mm-wave)
    • millimeter-wave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC)
    • mixer
    • passive mixer
    • quadrature
    • receiver
    • resistive mixer
    • subharmonic
    • \boldsymbol CMOS


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