An Integrated Detection Circuit for Transmission Coefficients

Ming Che Lee, Chi Yo Huang

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摘要

As the applications of radio-frequency (RF) circuits continue to prosper, scattering parameters (S-parameters) play an essential role in the verification of a variety of chips. The traditional way to measure the S-parameters of RF integrated circuits (RFICs) is by using vector network analyzers (VNA). However, measuring RFICs with VNAs is very expensive and likely to reduce the profits of IC products. An implementation of the embedded circuit for S-parameter measurement can greatly reduce the costs of using expensive VNAs. Another reason to embed the circuit for S-parameter measurement is to increase the portion of a chip that can be measured. Besides, novel technologies, such as three-dimensional ICs, will require advanced methods for on-chip verifications of RF circuits since many RF nodes may be buried deep inside a chip stack. In view of these needs, this paper proposes a simple network that can realize on-chip S21 measurements. The greatest advantages of this circuit are the easy implementation and technology independence. To verify the feasibility of the circuit, we fabricated the test chips by using the 0.18-μm IBM 7RF process. The measurement results show the expected behavior and demonstrate the feasibility of the design concept.

原文英語
文章編號8941034
頁(從 - 到)237-252
頁數16
期刊IEEE Access
8
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2020 一月 1

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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