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Open Access

Degree Program

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Degree Type

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

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded



RFIC, MMIC, LNA, Reconfigurable, IC


State-of-the-art RF front-end circuits are typically designed to operate at a single frequency. With an increasing number of available wireless standards, personal mobile communication devices require an increasing number of individually designed RF circuits. To save space and cost, one alternative possibility is to reuse much of the circuitry by utilizing electronically reconfigurable topologies. The ubiquitous low-noise amplifier is one of the many circuits that can be redesigned with the reconfigurable aspect in mind. In this thesis, previous work in reconfigurable LNAs is reviewed as well as a brief comparison of CMOS and GaAs processes used for RF amplifiers. Three new reconfigurable LNA topologies are also presented. The first two topologies, based on the common-gate stage and synchronous filters, are investigated but not manufactured. The third design, based on the cascode topology, was manufactured in a 0.5 µm GaAs process with enhancement-mode and depletion-mode pHEMTs. The LNA features 12.7 dB, 13.6 dB, and 13.9 dB of gain and noise figures of 2.7 dB, 3.5 dB, and 4.2 dB at 2.5, 3.6 and 5.8 GHz, respectively. The LNA draws 41 mA from a 3.3 V supply.

First Advisor

Robert W. Jackson