Print ISSN: 1681-6900

Online ISSN: 2412-0758

Keywords : segmenting and interleaving wide metal traces

On-Chip RF Transformer Performance Improvement Technique

Ahmed Saadoon Ezzulddin; Mohammed Hussain Ali; Mutaz Shunasi Abdulwahab

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2010, Volume 28, Issue 4, Pages 676-685

In this work, a proposed on-chip radio-frequency (RF) transformer design and
layout technique is presented to achieve high magnetic coupling coefficient and
low insertion loss by segmenting and interleaving wide primary and secondary
metal traces. Additional advantage of such technique is the mitigation of proximity
effect and current crowding. The proposed technique is verified and tested for a
square transformer, with different segmentation structures, using EMSight
simulator of Microwave Office 2007 (version 7.5) RF/Microwave software tools.
By using this design and layout technique, the magnetic coupling coefficient
improves from 0.49 to over 0.72 and lowers the minimum insertion loss from
1.56 dB to 1.18 dB at 4.5 GHz center frequency.