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    Millimeter-wave FET modeling based on a frequency extrapolation approach

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    An empirical distributed model, based on electromagnetic analysis and standard S-parameter measurements up to microwave frequencies, is shown to be capable of accurate small-signal predictions up to the millimeter-wave range. The frequency-extrapolation approach takes advantage from a physically-expected, smooth behavior of suitably defined elementary active devices connected to a passive distributed network. On this basis, small-signal millimeter-wave FET modeling becomes an affordable task in any laboratory equipped with a standard microwave vector network analyzer and electromagnetic simulation capabilities. In the paper, wide experimental validation of the proposed model up to 110GHz is presented for PHEMT devices with different sizes and bias conditions

    Global modeling approach to the design of an MMIC amplifier using Ohmic Electrode-Sharing Technology

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    An innovative technique for high--density, high-frequency integrated circuit design is proposed.The procedure exploits the potentialities of a global modeling approach,previously applied only at device level,enabling the circuit designer to explore flexible layout solutions imed at important reduction in chip size and cost.The new circuit design technique is presented by means of an example consisting of a wide-band amplifier,implemented with the recently proposed Ohmic Electrode-Sharing Technology (OEST).The good agreement between experimental and simulated results confirms the validity of the proposed MMIC design approach

    Mathematical approach to large-signal modelling of electron devices

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    A general purpose mathematical approach is proposed for the large-signal modelling of microwave electron devices (e.g. MESFETs, bipolar transistors, diodes, etc.). The mathematical model, which is based on mild assumptions valid both for field effect and bipolar devices in typical large-signal operating conditions, can easily be identified through conventional measurements and is particularly suitable for nonlinear microwave circuit analysis based on harmonic balance technique

    Frequency stability in resonator-stabilized oscillators

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    A simplified stability analysis of resonator-stabilized oscillators is carried out by using the describing function approach. On this basis a criterion for the evaluation and optimization of the frequency stabilization introduction in an oscillator by a resonating element with a large quality factor is proposed. In particular, a frequency-stabilization index which can be conveniently used in the design of highly stable oscillators is defined. The validity of this performance index has been verified in the design of microwave oscillators using dielectric resonators as frequency-stabilizing element

    A nonlinear integral model of electron devices for HB circuit analysis

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    A technology-independent large-signal model of electron devices, the nonlinear integral model (NIM), is proposed. It is rigorously derived from the Volterra series under basic assumptions valid for most types of electron devices and is suitable for harmonic-balance circuit analysis. Unlike other Volterra-based approaches, the validity of the NIM is not limited to weakly nonlinear operation. In particular, the proposed model allows the large-signal dynamic response of an electron device to be directly computed on the basis of data obtained either by conventional measurements or by physics-based numerical simulations. In this perspective, it provides a valuable tool for linking accurate device simulations based on carrier transport physics and harmonic-balance circuit analysis algorithms. Simulations and experimental results, which confirm the validity of the NIM, are also presente

    Tool for efficient intermodulation analysis using conventional HB packages

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    A simple and efficient approach is proposed for the intermodulation analysis of nonlinear microwave circuits. The algorithm, which is based on a very mild assumption about the frequency response of the linear part of the circuit, allows for a reduction in computing time and memory requirement. Moreover. It can be easily implemented using any conventional tool for harmonic-balance circuit analysi
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