Tunable Active Inductor-Based Second-Order All-Pass Filter as a Time Delay Cell for Multi-GHz Operation

  • Seyed Rasoul AghazadehEmail author
  • Herminio Martinez
  • Alireza Saberkari
  • Eduard Alarcon


In this paper, a CMOS wideband second-order voltage-mode all-pass filter as a time delay cell is proposed. The proposed all-pass filter is made up of solely two transistors as active elements and four passive components. This filter demonstrates a group delay of approximately 60 ps within a bandwidth of 5 GHz, achieving maximum delay–bandwidth product. The proposed circuit is highly linear and has an input-referred 1-dB compression point \(P_{1\mathrm{{dB}}}\) of 2 dBm. The power consumption of the proposed circuit is only 10.3 mW. On the other hand, an active inductor is employed in the all-pass filter instead of a passive RLC tank; therefore, the three passive components are eliminated, in order to tune the time delay and improve the size. In this case, even though the power consumption increases, the time delay can be controlled across an improved bandwidth of approximately 10 GHz. Moreover, the circuit demonstrates a 1-dB compression point \(P_{1\mathrm{{dB}}}\) of 18 dBm. The proposed all-pass filter is simulated in TSMC 180-nm CMOS process parameters.


All-pass filter Delay Wideband Delay–bandwidth product Linearity Active inductor 



This work has been partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (project DPI2013-47799- C2-2-R).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Diagonal-Besòs Campus, Eastern Barcelona School of Engineering (EEBE)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Electronics EngineeringTechnical University of Catalonia–BarcelonaTech (UPC)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of GuilanRashtIran

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