On the importance of chip-level EM-simulations for 60-GHz CMOS circuits

H.M. Cheema, R. Mahmoudi, A.H.M. Roermund, van

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This paper discusses the importance of chip-level EM-simulations required at millimetre wave frequencies for achieving correct results. The negative impact of interconnects on passive structures and the inability of the conventional RC-extraction to cater their effects necessitate alternative solutions. Furthermore during IC-measurements the number of probing points is limited; therefore chip-level simulations can provide insight into circuit behaviour at any point in the circuit. In this work, a non-oscillating 60 GHz transformer coupled I-Q VCO is used as a test-case and it is proved that carrying out EM-simulations for the complete circuit can provide valuable information during the design phase. Sonnet® and Advanced Design Systems® are utilized for EM-simulations and postprocessing functions, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC), 27-28 September 2010, Paris, France
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-7231-4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Eventconference; EuMW2010 -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


Conferenceconference; EuMW2010
Period1/01/10 → …


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