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An X-Band Robust GaN Low-Noise Amplifier MMIC with sub 2 dB Noise Figure

Kazan, Oğuz
Koçer, Fatih
Aydın Çivi, Hatice Özlem
This paper presents a low-noise amplifier (LNA) operating between 8-11 GHz. Measurement results show that the LNA has a gain of more than 20 dB while achieving a noise figure of less than 2 dB. The three stage topology achieves high linearity, providing an OIP3 of 29 dBm at 0.6 W power dissipation. The robustness tests show that the circuit survives to at least 2.5 W (34 dBm) input power. With a size of just 2.8 x 1.3 mm(2) (3.6 mm(2)) the presented LNA is compact when compared to the state of the art. The circuit is realized using the 0.25 mu m Power GaN/SiC HEMT process by WIN Semiconductor.