5.5 A Stacking Mixer-First Receiver Achieving >20dBm Adjacent-Channel IIP3 Consuming less than 25mW

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The sub-6GHz spectrum is used by many standards including 5G New Radio. In this crowded spectrum, an RX requires good linearity and flexibility to address different bands without separate SAW filters, whilst maintaining low NF. Traditional mixer-first receivers (MF-RX) offer this flexibility while postponing voltage amplification to the end of the RX chain, benefiting linearity but leading to relatively poor NF. LNTA-based designs [1, 2] offer an alternative: initial amplification alleviates noise constraints, but the pole at the LNTA output limits the RX operating range, though efforts to reduce parasitic capacitance have been fruitful [2]. Still, linearity is impacted by this initial voltage gain, which is typically addressed by deploying an N-path notch filter in feedback around the LNTA, but its slope is generally limited to 20dB/decade, reflecting in poor adjacent channel IIP3. Although solutions to increase this slope exist, the extra circuitry increases the RF parasitics and power consumption. Also, in contrast to an MF-RX which has a low-ohmic OOB path to ground, the LNTA output stage has to fully absorb any out-of-band (00B) interferer currents.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2024 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-3503-0620-0
ISBN (Print)979-8-3503-0621-7
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2024
EventIEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2024 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 18 Feb 202422 Feb 2024

Publication series

NameDigest of technical papers
ISSN (Print)0193-6530
ISSN (Electronic)2376-8606


ConferenceIEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2024
Abbreviated titleISSCC 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • 2024 OA procedure
  • Stacking
  • Linearity
  • voltage
  • Receivers
  • SAW filters
  • Solid state circuits
  • Radio frequency


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