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A Ka-band high power monolithic HEMT VCO using a sub-resonator circuit with phase control architecture

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  • Ing-Inf/01 Elettronica


This paper reports on a high output performance of a Ka-band monolithic HEMT Voltage Controlled Oscillator(VCO). This VCO has a sub-resonator in order to avoid reduction in Q-factor of a resonator. Circuit elements of the sub-resonator are optimized to achieve a wide tuning range as well as high output power and low phase noise performances. In addition, an AlGaAs/InGaAs double-hetero struc­ture High Electron Mobility Transistor(HEMT) is employed in the VCO to obtain a high output per­formance. A high output power of 19.4 dBm has been achieved at an oscillation frequency of 36.2 GHz. This performance has been achieved without any buffer amplifiers. A tuning range of more than 2.5 GHz is also obtained with a stable high output power. To our knowledge, this represents the high­est output power of monolithic VCO without any buffer amplifiers.

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