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MTT-S Webinar: 50 – 250 GHz Power Amplifier MMICs – Design, Status, and Opportunities using a 250-nm InP HBT Technology

Date: October 27, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour

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Abstract:

The superior electron transport properties associated with InP-based transistors significantly exceeds those of its SiGe HBT, CMOS, and GaN counterparts. Since 2000, the transistor and MMIC community has witnessed the bandwidths of InP HBTs and HEMTs skyrocket past 100-GHz to where they now exceed 1-THz operation. With this rapid increase in bandwidth, amplifiers and MMICs have been demonstrated operating at G-band, sub-millimeter wave (>300-GHz), and THz frequencies where a world-class suite of results has been generated and are well known to the high-frequency community. However, only recently have these THz devices been used for amplifier and MMIC development at lower V-, W-, and D-band frequencies, where state-of-the-art performance has been demonstrated as well. This InP-transistor technology advancement is very different than what has transpired for SiGe HBT, CMOS, and GaN – instead, these technologies have incrementally increased their bandwidths, and in doing so, so has the operating frequency of circuits employing such devices – this is a key reason why InP is overshadowed by these other technologies when amplifiers and MMICs operating at mm-Wave are discussed and reviewed. This talk will review the development of high power solid-state power amplifiers operating between 50-250 GHz using the 250-nm InP HBT technology at Teledyne Scientific. The high maximum oscillation frequency f,max of the technology, combined with a 5-V breakdown voltage has permitted high-gain, world-class mm-wave and THz PA’s to be realized. After review of the underlying InP HBT technology and comparison with competitive technologies, the key design trade-offs for mm-wave and THz PA design will be reviewed – they include appropriate HBT topology, choice of wiring environment, DC bias distribution, sources of instability, PA-cell power matching, and RF combining methods. A review of state-of-the-art PA results between 50-250 GHz will be reviewed. Technology challenges and limitations maintaining high transistor W/mm operation above 200 GHz will be discussed. Lastly, system examples will be presented to show the prospects and opportunities these high-frequency InP HBT PA’s have in next generation communication (5G and 6G), radar, and instrumentation systems.

Presenter
 
Dr. Zach Griffith is a Principle Engineer in the area of mm-wave and RF MMIC design with the Teledyne Scientific Company. In 2005 he received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UC Santa Barbara related to his work demonstrating record bandwidth InP HBT transistors. Since joining Teledyne in 2008, his efforts transitioned to InP HBT and HEMT MMIC design – design accomplishments include high-linearity mm-wave op-amps, broadband SPDT switches, traveling wave amplifiers, full waveguide band power amplifiers at V-, W-, and D-band, and G-band power amplifiers with record RF power. His current focus is on the continued development of 50-250 GHz PA’s and their commercial product transition. For 18 years Dr. Griffith has participated in the demonstration of InP HBT transistors and integrated circuits with record performance. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, has authored over 140 publications, and holds six patents associated with this work.  

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