Digitally Controlled VGA for Low Power Low-IF Receivers

Conference: GeMiC 2009 - German Microwave Conference
03/16/2009 - 03/18/2009 at München, Germany

Proceedings: GeMiC 2009

Pages: 3Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Krcmar, M.; Subramanian, V.; Boeck, G. (Microwave Engineering Lab, Berlin Institute of Technology, Berlin, Germany)
Spiegel, S. (Rio Systems, Tel Aviv, Israel)

A digitally controlled variable gain amplifier (VGA) for low power, low-IF receivers is presented. The amplifier was designed and fabricated in IBM 7WL BiCMOS 180 nm technology. It shows a dynamic range of 45 dB with a maximum gain of 52 dB and a minimum gain of 7 dB. The gain variation is achieved by means of switched feedback resistors. These are controlled by a demultiplexer and 4 control bits. The 1 dB compression corresponds to 9 dBm of input power in a 50 Ω system and the 3-dB-bandwith is approximately 10 MHz. The overall power consumption is 13 mW.