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2021

Wide Scanning Angle Millimetre Wave 1 x 4 Planar Antenna Array on InP at 300 GHz

Authors
Hussain, B; Salgado, HM; Pessoa, LM;

Publication
APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL

Abstract
Featured Application Short-range millimetre wave communications. The design of a uniformly spaced 1 x 4 linear antenna array using epitaxial layers of benzocyclobutene over an InP substrate is demonstrated. The array elements are conjugately matched with a uni-travelling carrier photodiode at the input. The phased array is optimised to counteract mutual coupling effects by introducing metal strips with isolated ground planes for each radiating element. The proposed antenna array can provide a gain of 10 dBi with a gain variation of +/- 3 dB. The array operates over a bandwidth of 10 GHz (295-305 GHz) with a wide scanning angle of 100 degrees in the broadside.

2021

Design and Fabrication of sub-THz Steerable Photonic Transmitter 1x4 Array for Short-Distance Wireless Links

Authors
Guerrero, LG; Graham, C; George, J; Renaud, C; George, G; Hussain, B; Salgado, HM; Pessoa, LM; Hinojosa, A; Fernandez, J; Porcel, MAG;

Publication
2021 JOINT EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON NETWORKS AND COMMUNICATIONS & 6G SUMMIT (EUCNC/6G SUMMIT)

Abstract
In this paper we present the latest results on the design, fabrication and test of stand-alone photonic devices devoted to ultra-high bandwidth wireless access networks operating near the Terahertz (THz) band. We review the sub-THz photonics-based technology devices developed as part of the TERAPOD project, comprising the monolithically integrated Silicon Nitride photonic integrated circuit for phase distribution, the 1x4 array of integrated Uni-Travelling Carrier Photo-Diodes (UTC-PDs) and the radiative design of the high-frequency four element linear patch antenna array based on Benzocyclobutene (BCB) layers. We also report the suitability to assemble all those components in a robust small-form factor hybrid package.

2015

A Low-Power Multi-Tanh OTA with Very Low Harmonic Distortion

Authors
Kianpour, I; Hussain, B; Tavares, VG; Mendonca, HS;

Publication
2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS (ISCAS)

Abstract
This paper presents a wide input range, low-power operational transconductance amplifier (OTA) in weak inversion. The OTA is implemented with tanh-triplets differential pairs, degenerated by a composite configuration to augment the input linear range, thus reducing further the harmonic distortion. Using MATLAB, the mismatch factor (A) of a typical multi-tanh triplet has been optimised for minimum harmonic distortion. The OTA is designed in UMC 0.13um CMOS technology with 1.2V supply. Simulations show that the input range can be extended to 300 mV, while keeping the HD3 below -80 dB. The average power consumption is 13nW, with an open loop-gain of 76 dB and a unity gain frequency of 250 Hz. The low harmonic distortion OTA can find potential applications in low-power and long time constant filters.

2015

A Low Power Clocked Integrated-and-Fire Modulator for UWB Applications

Authors
Kianpour, I; Hussain, B; Tavares, VG; Mendonca, HS;

Publication
2015 Conference on Design of Circuits and Integrated Systems (DCIS)

Abstract
An integrate-and-fire modulator (IFM) is designed for power scavenging systems like: Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) sensor tags. The circuit works with a clock in order to be able to be synchronized with microprocessors, which must be used to reconstruct the signal. The modulator is simulated using 130nm CMOS technology and the resulting power consumption is around 14nW at a clock frequency of 10 kHz. The OTA individually dissipates roughly 13nW. Signal reconstruction resulted in a 9.2 ENOB.