Method to Improve the Linearity of Active Commutating Mixers Using Dynamic Current Injection
Saavedra, Carlos E.
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A double balanced (DBM) CMOS mixer providing high linearity is presented in this paper. A cross-coupled pair used in the IF stage of the mixer to dynamically inject current into the to mixer provide a high linearity. The proposed DBM was fabricated using a standard 130-nm CMOS process and was tested on-wafer. The double balanced mixer delivers 10 dB conversion gain, 9.5 dBm IIP3, and input P1dB of -2.4 dBm. RF bandwidth of the proposed mixer is 6 GHz, covering 0.5 GHz to 6.5 GHz with IF bandwidth of 300 MHz. RF to IF and LO to IF isolation are also better than 59 dB in the whole frequency band. The circuit uses an area of 0.015 mm2 excluding bonding pads and draw 4.5mW from a 1.2V supply.