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Chip-package co-design of common emitter LNA in system-on-package with on-chip versus off-chip passive component analysis
KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
2003 (English)In: ELECTRICAL PERFORMANCE OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGING, NEW YORK: IEEE , 2003, 55-58 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we present common emitter LNAs (low noise amplifiers) in system-on-package for 5GHz WLAN application. Innovation of this module is that it is chip-package co-designed and co-simulated with performance trade-offs for on-chip versus off-chip passive component integration. It thus provides an optimal total solution for embedded RF electronics in system-level integration. Analytical equations for key performance parameters, noise figure and gain, of these LNAs are developed as functions of quality factors of passive components and the package parasitics. They hence provide designers a quantitative trade-off for on-chip versus off-chip passive components integration in SoP design. The final module is composed of on-chip active components in 0.5mum SiGe BiCMOS technology and off-chip passive components integrated in MCM-D substrate. Significant improvement in performance is found in these co-designed LNAs than those in single-chip LNAs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
NEW YORK: IEEE , 2003. 55-58 p.
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-25008DOI: 10.1109/EPEP.2003.1249999ISI: 000186891200013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-25008DiVA: diva2:354959
Conference
12th Topical Meeting on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging WESTIN PRINCETON, PRINCETON, NJ, OCT 27-29, 2003
Note
QC 20101005Available from: 2010-10-05 Created: 2010-10-05 Last updated: 2010-10-05Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. System-on-package solutions for multi-band RF front end
Open this publication in new window or tab >>System-on-package solutions for multi-band RF front end
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Advances in microelectronics technology have enabled us to integrate a complex electronic system (such as a radio) on a single chip or in a single package module, known as system-on-chip (SoC) and system-on-package (SoP) paradigms. This brings not only new opportunities for system integration, but also challenges in design and implementation. One of these challenges is how to achieve an optimum total solution of system integration via chip and package co-design, because there is no tool or design methodology available for such kind of optimization. This thesis focuses on innovative multi-band multi-standard radio front-end design and explores a new design methodology. The motivation of developing this design methodology is to achieve an optimum total solution for radio system implementation via chip and package co-design and co-optimization.

The methodology starts from RF packaging and components modeling. Necessary models for both on-chip and off-chip passives are developed. Parasitic effects of packages for radio chips are modeled for particular frequencies. Compared with high-speed digital packaging, RF packaging normally deals with narrow band signals. It is possible to absorb some unwanted parasitics by designing proper port matching networks. In addition, cost-performance trade-offs are performed. In this context, we first developed process and technology based cost models, which include parameters like chip real estate, raw materials, package, test and rework. Impact of process variation on final yield has also been considered in the models by using a statistical analysis approach. Performance of different design options is measured by a special FoM (figure-of-merit). Each type of analog/RF circuit (such as LNA, PA and ADC) has its own dedicated FoM. Through a series of cost-performance trade-offs for different on-chip versus off-chip passives and partitions, an optimum total solution is obtained.

Finally, this methodology was demonstrated via a number of design examples for multi-band multi-standard radio front-end. The author has explored the optimum solutions for different circuit architectures and process technologies encompassing parallel, concurrent and digitally programmable multi-band radio frond-end blocks. It is interesting to find that, for complex RF circuits like a multi-band multi-standard radio, moving some passives off-chip will have significant cost-savings. In addition to the above contributions, the author has also developed an MCM-D technology on LCP and glass substrates, based on metal deposition and BCB spin-coating at KTH clean room. The author has also performed some preliminary studies on UWB radio for RFID applications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2005. ix, 88 p.
Series
Trita-IMIT. LECS, ISSN 1651-4076 ; 2005:08
Keyword
chip-package co-design, multi-band radio, system-on-package
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-482 (URN)91-7178-187-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-11-25, Sal D, KTH-Forum, 10:00
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QC 20101005Available from: 2005-11-09 Created: 2005-11-09 Last updated: 2010-10-05Bibliographically approved

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