Design of a 300-mV 2.4-GHz receiver using transformer-Coupled techniques

Fan Zhang, Yasunori Miyahara, Brian P. Otis

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This paper presents a 1.6-mW 2.4-GHz receiver that operates from a single supply of 300 mV allowing direct powering from various energy harvesting sources. We extensively utilize transformer coupling between stages to reduce headroom requirements. We forward-bias bulk-source junctions to lower threshold voltages where appropriate. A single-ended 2.4 GHz RF input is amplified and converted to a differential signal before down-converting to a low IF of 1 to 10 MHz. A chain of IF amplifiers and narrowband filters are interleaved to perform programmable channel selection. The chip is fabricated in a 65-nm CMOS process. The receiver achieves - 91.5-dBm sensitivity for a BER of 10e-3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6613557
Pages (from-to)3190-3205
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Body area network (BAN)
  • Energy harvesting
  • Folded LNA
  • Frequency-translation filter
  • Front-end
  • Low voltage
  • Low-power radio
  • Receiver
  • Transformer
  • VCO


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