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    ABSTRACT: We propose a new low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) U-shaped resonator. The advantages of LTCC technology are employed to design this three-dimensional (3-D) lambda<sub>g</sub>/2 resonator. The latter is modeled and optimized by 3-D electromagnetic simulations and is validated by experimental results. In order to validate the coupling between these resonators, a two-pole filter, functioning around 39 GHz, has then been designed and realized with success. Finally, two very compact three-pole bandpass filters have been conceived for a Q-band duplexer design. On the one hand, a filter has been designed around 38 GHz and presents a transmission zero in the upper band. On the other hand, an other filter functioning at 40.7 GHz is presented with a transmission zero in the lower band. Experimental results are in good agreement with theoretical ones
    IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques 07/2006; · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Balanced voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) based on a coupled Colpitt topology with a fully integrated tank are presented utilizing SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) and InGaP/GaAs HBT technologies. Minimum phase noise is obtained for all designs by optimization of the tank circuit including the varactor, maximizing the tank amplitude, and designing the VCO for Class C operation. Fundamental and second harmonic VCOs are evaluated. A minimum phase noise of less than -112 dBc at an output power of 5.5 dBm is achieved at 100-kHz carrier offset and 6.4-GHz oscillation frequency for the fundamental InGaP/GaAs HBT VCO. The second harmonic VCO achieves a minimum measured phase noise of -120 dBc at 100 kHz at 13 GHz. To our best knowledge, this is the lowest reported phase noise to date for a varactor-based VCO with a fully integrated tank. The fundamental frequency SiGe HBT oscillator achieves a phase noise of -108 dBc at 100 kHz at 5 GHz. All MMICs are fabricated in commercial foundry MMIC processes.
    IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits 11/2005; · 3.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This paper describes the design and implementation of a highly integrated voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) module based upon Low-Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) packaging technology. The circuit is realized by embedding the strip-line resonator and lumped passives inside a multilayer LTCC substrate. Measurement results of a silicon bipolar VCO circuit operating at 2.4 GHz is shown. The constructed module is compact in size and has good phase noise performance.
    IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters 09/2003; · 1.78 Impact Factor