Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Embargo Period

2-24-2015

Degree Program

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Degree Type

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

Year Degree Awarded

2014

Month Degree Awarded

September

Advisor Name

Joseph

Advisor Middle Initial

C

Advisor Last Name

Bardin

Abstract

A novel method for on-chip noise characterization of mm-wave circuits is presented. Different available methods for noise measurements and requirements for on-chip noise mea-surements are studied. The Y-factor method is chosen to be the more suitable method for in-situ applications since it does not require absolute measurements. A state of the art CMOS noise source is implemented in 32nm SOI CMOS technology to enable the in-situ noise measurements of a 20-35 GHz reconfigurable low noise amplifier. Measurement results show that the ENR of the noise source is repeatable enough so that the calibration of the noise source is only required for one integrated circuit. Using different scenarios for the noise figure response of the LNA, the performance of the noise source is evaluated. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first time that an on-chip CMOS noise source is used for in-situ noise characterization of mm-wave frequency circuits.

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