AM suppression with low AM-PM conversion with the aid of variable-gain amplifier

Eric A.M. Klumperink, Carlo T. Klein, Bas Ruggeberg, Adrianus Johannes Maria van Tuijl

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    This paper proposes the use of a variable-gain amplifier instead of a hard limiter for amplitude modulation (AM) suppression with low AM-PM (phase modulation) conversion. A hard limiter shows phase shift variations through input-amplitude dependent changes in output waveform, combined with bandwidth limitations. It is shown that these can be kept small only for limiter bandwidths much larger than the input frequency. A linear amplifier with variable gain used for AM suppression does not suffer from this problem. A CMOS variable-gain amplifier with gain-insensitive phase shift has been designed for this purpose. The benefits and limitations of the technique are explored with reference to an experimental 2.5 ¿m BiCMOS chip for a television IF demodulator. Experimental and simulation results indicate that the AM-PM conversion can be kept below 0.5° at 40 MHz over an input amplitude range of 20 dB, where typical hard limiters show 3-5°. This is achieved with an amplifier bandwidth of 80 MHz, while a hard limiter would need a bandwidth of more than 600 MHz to obtain similar results
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)625-633
    JournalIEEE journal of solid-state circuits
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


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    • IR-14425

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