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Title: Design and characterization of GaAs multilayer CPW components and circuits for advanced MMICs
Author: Lu, Jiaping
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2011
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With the demand of modern wireless communications, monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) has become a very promising technique as it is mass-productive, low loss and highly integrated. Microstrip and Coplanar Waveguide (CPW) are both widely used in MMIC. Particularly, CPW has seen a rapid increase on research works recent years due to its unique capability including having less parasitic contribution to the circuit. In this thesis, a novel 3-D multilayer CPW technique is presented. Semi-insulating (S.I.) GaAs substrate, polyimide dielectric layers and Titanium/Gold metal layers are employed in this five-layer structure. The active devices are based on GaAs pHEMTs technology provided by Filtronic Compound Semiconductor Ltd. The fabricated components are simulated and characterized by Agilent Advanced Design System (ADS) and Momentum E.M simulator. A novel Open-short-through de-embedding technique is developed and applied to the passive circuits in order to reduce the impact of pads on probing. A new library of components and circuits are built in this work. Various structures of 3-D CPW transmission lines are designed and characterized to demonstrate the low-loss and highly compact characters. Meanwhile, the influence of various combinations of metal and dielectric layers is studied in order to provide designers with great flexibility for the realization of novel compact transmission lines for 3D MMICs. The effect of temperature on the performance of the transmission lines has also been investigated. Moreover, a set of compact capacitors are designed and proven to have high capacitance density with low parasitics. Finally, based on the extraction of pHEMT parameters from circuit characterization and analysis program (IC-CAP), RF switch and active filter MMICs have been designed and simulated to provide references for further development of 3-D multilayer CPW circuits.
Supervisor: Rezazadeh, Ali Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: multilayer ; CPW ; MMICs