An Efficient SiGe Double-Balanced Mixer with a Differential Rat-Race Coupler
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Proc. of the European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) 2013
This paper describes an efficient, fully differential mixer
intended to be used in a 77-GHz frequency-modulated continuous wave radar transceiver, which is realized in a Silicon-Germanium bipolar technology. The double-balanced mixer is equipped with a differential rat-race coupler, which uses a differential transmission line with a circumference of only one wavelength and provides an LO-RF isolation better than 30 dB over a wide frequency range. The mixer draws a very low quiescent current of 7.5 µA from a supply voltage of 3.3V. The measured voltage conversion loss is 0.5 dB and 0.3 dB at an LO power of 0dBm and 2 dBm, respectively. The measured input referred 1-dB compression point is ?3 dBm at an LO power of 0 dBm and ?2.2dBm if the LO power is increased to 2 dBm.