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In summary, the proposed downconversion mixer achieves a 3-dB bandwidth of 0.6 to 11.0 GHz, with maximum CG of 11.3 dB and minimum NF of 9.5 dB. Fabricated with a commercial 0.18-μm silicon CMOS process, the low-power mixer hits a 1-dB compression point of -15 dBm with IIP3 of -5 dBm, while consuming only 0.71 mW from a +0.7-VDC supply. It is well suited for frequency conversion in battery-powered, UWB communications devices.


This work was supported in part by the Open Fund Project of Key Laboratory in Hunan Universities (No. 12K012). The authors would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their invaluable suggestions, which helped improve the quality of the article.

Jian Liu, M.S. Degree Candidate

Chunhua Wang, Professor, Doctoral Supervisor

College of Information Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China; e-mail:


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