Compact and low-loss ESD protection design for V-band RF applications in a 65-nm CMOS technology

Li Wei Chu*, Chun Yu Lin, Shiang Yu Tsai, Ming-Dou Ker, Ming Hsiang Song, Chewn Pu Jou, Tse Hua Lu, Jen Chou Tseng, Ming Hsien Tsai, Tsun Lai Hsu, Ping Fang Hung, Tzu Heng Chang

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    Abstract

    Nanoscale CMOS technologies have been widely used to implement radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits. However, the thinner gate oxide and silicided drain/source in nanoscale CMOS technologies seriously degrade the electrostatic discharge (ESD) robustness of RF circuits. Against ESD damage, on-chip ESD protection design must be included in RF circuits. As the RF circuits operating in the higher frequency band, the parasitic effect from ESD protection devices and/or circuits must be strictly limited. To provide the effective ESD protection for a 60-GHz low-noise amplifier (LNA) with less RF performance degradation, a new ESD protection design was studied in a 65-nm CMOS process. Such ESD-protected LNA with simulation/measurement results has been successfully verified in silicon chip to to achieve the 2-kV HBM ESD robustness with the lower power loss in a smaller layout area.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages2127-2130
    Number of pages4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 28 Sep 2012
    Event2012 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2012 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 20 May 201223 May 2012

    Conference

    Conference2012 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2012
    Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
    CitySeoul
    Period20/05/1223/05/12

    Keywords

    • Electrostatic discharge (ESD)
    • radio frequency (RF)
    • V band

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