A millimeter-wave resistor-less pulse generator with a new dipole-patch antenna in 65-nm cmos

Nguyen Ngoc Mai Khanh, Masahiro Sasaki, Kunihiro Asada

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This paper presents a millimeter-wave (mm-wave) pulse generator (PG) integrated with a new dipole-patch antenna in a 65-nm CMOS process for short range and portable active imaging applications. The integrated wideband dipole-patch antenna is a combination of two type of radiators, patch and dipole, to exploit both advantages of the two antenna types. The 395 lm × 625 lm dipole-patch antenna in the top metal layer of the 65-nm CMOS process has a wide 30.2-GHz bandwidth from 73.9 to 104.1 GHz with minimum reflection coefficient of -29 dB at 101.6 GHz and resistance from 27.3 to 47.5 X by simulation in Momentum, ADS 2009. We proposed a resistor-less mm-wave damping PG whose peak-to-peak pulse output is 1.66-V with 9.1-ps duration in HSPICE simulation at the antenna input terminals. Radiation measurements by using a horn antenna and a Schottky diode placed at a 39-mm distance from the chip’s surface show the main beam’s peak at hmax = 17° with a half-power beam-width (HPBW) of 9° and the second beam’s peak at hsec = -23°. Maximum radiated powers in horizontal and vertical planes are respectively 2.4 and 0.5 lW.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-799
Number of pages11
JournalAnalog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Active imaging
  • CMOS millimeter-wave integrated circuit
  • On-chip wide-band antenna
  • Pulse generator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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