Miniature Wide-Band Noise-Canceling CMOS LNA

Sensors (Basel). 2022 Jul 13;22(14):5246. doi: 10.3390/s22145246.


In this paper, a wide-band noise-canceling (NC) current conveyor (CC)-based CMOS low-noise amplifier (LNA) is presented. The circuit employs a CC-based approach to obtain wide-band input matching without the need for bulky inductances, allowing broadband performance with a very small area used. The NC technique is applied by subtracting the input transistor’s noise contribution to the output and achieves a noise figure (NF) reduction from 4.8 dB to 3.2 dB. The NC LNA is implemented in a UMC 65-nm CMOS process and occupies an area of only 160 × 80 μm2. It achieves a stable frequency response from 0 to 6.2 GHz, a maximum gain of 15.3 dB, an input return loss (S11) < −10 dB, and a remarkable IIP3 of 7.6 dBm, while consuming 18.6 mW from a ±1.2 V DC supply. Comparisons with similar works prove the effectiveness of this new implementation, showing that the circuit obtains a noteworthy performance trade-off.

Keywords: CMOS; RFIC; current conveyor; low noise amplifier; noise canceling; wide-band.

MeSH terms

  • Amplifiers, Electronic*