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Inter-Laboratory Comparison of CMOS Distortion Measurements



Catherine A. Remley, Joe Gering, Susan L. Sweeney, C. Michael Olsen, Cliff Xie, Dave K. Walker, Tom McKay, John J. Pekarik


We describe an interlaboratory measurement comparison of distortion in a CMOS low-noise device operating under weakly nonlinear conditions. Issues that commonly arise in performing and interpreting nonlinear measurements are discussed, such as power vs. wave-based representations and the effects of embedding impedance on intermodulation distortion. We demonstrate that the increased confidence provided by a measurement comparison can help to diagnose issues with a device model that was initially derived from DC I/V curves and their derivatives and then compared to RF measurement.
Proceedings Title
ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference Digest
Conference Dates
June 8, 2007
Conference Location
Honolulu, HI
Conference Title
ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference


CMOS device, large-signal network analyzer, load-pull system, low noise amplifier, measurement comparison, measurement-based modeling, nonlinear measurements, wireless systems


Remley, C. , Gering, J. , Sweeney, S. , , C. , Xie, C. , Walker, D. , McKay, T. and Pekarik, J. (2007), Inter-Laboratory Comparison of CMOS Distortion Measurements, ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference Digest, Honolulu, HI, [online], (Accessed June 16, 2024)


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Created June 8, 2007, Updated November 10, 2018