A SiGe BiCMOS transmitter/receiver chipset with on-chip SIW antennas for terahertz applications

Sanming Hu, Yong-Zhong Xiong, Bo Zhang, Lei Wang, Teck-Guan Lim, Minkyu Je, Mohammad Madihian

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This paper presents a terahertz (THz) transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx) chipset operating around 400 GHz in 0.13-mu m SiGe BiCMOS technology. The Tx chip consists of a voltage-controlled oscillator, a buffer, a modulator, a power amplifier, a frequency tripler, and a substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) antenna. This antenna has an additional high-pass filtering characteristic to suppress the unwanted fundamental (f(0)) and second harmonic (2f(0)) signals by 50 and 30 dB, respectively. The Rx chip includes a proposed reconfigurable SIW antenna and a novel two-mode subharmonic mixer with similar to 5-dB reduction of conversion loss. The Rx chip consumes 50 nA from a 1.2-V supply. The measurement results of the Tx and Rx chips and a back-to-back test of the Tx/Rx chipset show the feasibility and pave the way of implementing a fully integrated THz system in silicon technology for mass production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2654-2664
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


  • On-chip antenna
  • receiver
  • reconfigurable
  • substrate integrated waveguide (SIW)
  • terahertz (THz)
  • transmitter

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