Design, Simulation and Applications of Inductors and Transformers for Si RF ICs

  • Ali M. Niknejad
  • Robert G. Meyer

Part of the The International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 586)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Analysis and Simulation of Passive Devices

    1. Pages 3-9
    2. Pages 11-37
    3. Pages 39-44
    4. Pages 97-107
    5. Pages 109-122
  3. Applications of Passive Devices

    1. Pages 149-161
    2. Pages 163-165
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 167-190

About this book


The modern wireless communication industry has put great demands on circuit designers for smaller, cheaper transceivers in the gigahertz frequency range. One tool which has assisted designers in satisfying these requirements is the use of on-chip inductiveelements (inductors and transformers) in silicon (Si) radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (ICs). These elements allow greatly improved levels of performance in Si monolithic low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, up-conversion and down-conversion mixers and local oscillators. Inductors can be used to improve the intermodulation distortion performance and noise figure of small-signal amplifiers and mixers. In addition, the gain of amplifier stages can be enhanced and the realization of low-cost on-chip local oscillators with good phase noise characteristics is made feasible. In order to reap these benefits, it is essential that the IC designer be able to predict and optimize the characteristics of on-chip inductiveelements. Accurate knowledge of inductance values, quality factor (Q) and the influence of ad- cent elements (on-chip proximity effects) and substrate losses is essential. In this book the analysis, modeling and application of on-chip inductive elements is considered. Using analyses based on Maxwells equations, an accurate and efficient technique is developed to model these elements over a wide frequency range. Energy loss to the conductive substrate is modeled through several mechanisms, including electrically induced displacement and conductive c- rents and by magnetically induced eddy currents. These techniques have been compiled in a user-friendly software tool ASITIC (Analysis and Simulation of Inductors and Transformers for Integrated Circuits).


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ali M. Niknejad
    • 1
  • Robert G. Meyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Silicon LaboratoriesAustinUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-7986-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47038-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
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