Challenges in Compact Modeling for RF and Microwave Applications
A. Niknejad, M. Dunga, B. Heydari, H. Wan, C.H. Lin, S. Emami, C. Doan, X. Xi, J. He, C. Hu
University of California at Berkeley, US
compact modeling, CMOS RF, BSIM5, RF models, microwave models
Commercial CMOS chips routinely operate at frequencies up to 5 GHz and exciting new opportunities exists in higher frequency bands such as 3-10 GHz, 17 GHz, 24 GHz, and 60 GHz. Many research groups have already demonstrated CMOS circuit operation beyond 100 GHz. Will circuit design and compact modeling continue along the same course, or is a new microwave design methodology required? This paper will highlight the design and modeling challenges in moving up to these higher frequencies. A merger of RF and microwave design perspectives will be used to offer insight into the problem. The paper will discuss requirements for a next generation compact model to meet these challenges and offer potential solutions.
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