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Design methodologies for multi-mode and multi-standard low-noise amplifiers

Abstract : The recent enthusiasm for the Internet of Objects as well as for satellite communications leads to the need for high-performance radio-frequency (RF) communication systems. In order to meet the constraints of the mass market, these systems must be compact and be as low power as possible. Beside, they are expected to address multiple communication standards and to adjust their performance to the environment, still in order to reduce the size and the power consumption. Currently, many works focus on the development of low-noise amplifiers (LNA), the most critical block of RF receivers. To address this purpose, the goal is to design multi-mode and multi-standard receivers. Hence, LNAs require design flows that can adapt to the different technologies and topologies in order to meet any given set of specifications. This thesis aims at the development of simple and accurate design methodologies for the implementation of low-noise amplifiers.The first proposed methodology is dedicated to the implementation of a LNA in COTS technology for spatial applications. This LNA offers a broadband matching to address several standards. It is designed to be part of an RF receiver for nano-satellites. Thus, the latter is first studied in order to determine the specifications based on the standards of the targeted applications.The second methodology is dedicated to the implementation of LNAs in CMOS technology for any kind of applications. This methodology is first illustrated with basic topologies and then applied to an highly linear inductorless LNA. The design methodology also enables a fair comparison between the topologies and also CMOS technologies, even the most advanced ones such as the 28 nm FDSOI.Finally, reconfigurability is added to the inductorless LNA, to address several standards while retaining the optimum sizing given by the previously introduced methodology. Indeed, the size and polarization of each transistor are digitally controlled in order to adjust the LNA's performance to a given standard. Furthermore, the study of N-path filters combined with the proposed LNA is explored to improve the linearity of the circuit.
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Gabrielle Guitton. Design methodologies for multi-mode and multi-standard low-noise amplifiers. Image Processing [eess.IV]. Université de Bordeaux, 2017. English. ⟨NNT : 2017BORD0861⟩. ⟨tel-01952198⟩

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