DOI: 10.3390/technologies12030035 ISSN: 2227-7080

A 28 GHz Highly Linear Up-Conversion Mixer for 5G Cellular Communications

Chul-Woo Byeon
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

In this paper, we present a highly linear direct in-phase/quadrature (I/Q) up-conversion mixer for 5G millimeter-wave applications. To enhance the linearity of the mixer, we propose a complementary derivative superposition technique with pre-distortion. The proposed up-conversion mixer consists of a quadrature generator, LO buffer amplifiers, and an I/Q up-conversion mixer core and achieves an output third-order intercept point of 15.7 dBm and an output 1 dB compression point of 2 dBm at 27.6 GHz, while it consumes 15 mW at a supply voltage of 1 V. The conversion gain is 11.4 dB and the LO leakage and image rejection ratio are −56 dBc and 61 dB, respectively, in the measurement. The proposed I/Q up-conversion mixer is suitable for 5G cellular communication systems.

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