A Highly Selective Receiver With Programmable Zeros and Second-Order TIA

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This article presents a wideband blocker tolerant receiver (RX) for fifth-generation (5G) user equipment applications. Two programmable zeros around the channel bandwidth are introduced to sufficiently suppress the close-in blockers of 5G applications. Since the effect of zeros gradually diminishes at larger out-of-band offset frequencies, an auxiliary current-sinking path is also introduced to reduce the RX input impedance at far-out offset frequencies. Moreover, a simple second-order transimpedance amplifier (TIA) is adopted to enhance the proposed RX selectivity. The utilized TIA synthesizes two complex conjugate poles to achieve a flat gain response and <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$-$</tex-math> </inline-formula>40 dB/dec roll-off. A 40-nm CMOS RX prototype occupies 1.15 <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$\rm{\mathbf{mm^{2}}}$</tex-math> </inline-formula> and consumes 84&#x2013;140 mW from a 1.3-V supply voltage over the 0.5&#x2013;3-GHz operating frequency range. The RX achieves a 160-MHz RF bandwidth, 2.6&#x2013;4.2-dB noise figure, a <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$-$</tex-math> </inline-formula>0.3-dBm blocker 1-dB compression point (B1dB), and an out-of-band third-order intercept point (IIP3) of 22.5 dBm. As a test case, using the 3GPP standard, a <inline-formula> <tex-math notation="LaTeX">$-$</tex-math> </inline-formula>15-dBm continuous wave (CW) close-in out-of-band blocker located at 85-MHz offset from the passband edges is applied to the RX. Thanks to the receiver&#x2019;s high selectivity, the RX achieves 100% throughput while detecting 100-MS/s quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) signal with 16 dB higher power than the reference sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023


  • 5G mobile communication
  • Current-mode receiver
  • fifth-generation (5G) user equipment applications
  • Filtering
  • Impedance
  • Linearity
  • Mixers
  • N-path filters
  • Notch filters
  • out-of-band linearity
  • programmable zeros
  • Radio frequency
  • second-order transimpedance amplifier (TIA)
  • surface acoustic wave (SAW)-less receiver


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