Accession Number : ADA191580

Title :   III-V Transistors for MM-Wave Applications.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper for period ending Oct 87,

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Zeidler, J R ; Murphy, J D

PDF Url : ADA191580

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The ability of operate at frequencies at and above 60 GHz is desirable in many applications to increase bandwidth, achieve more favorable tradeoffs between antenna beamwidth and size, and to exploit frequency dependent transmission properties of the atmosphere. Corresponding device and circuit requirements are delineated. One especially demanding requirement is to develop phased arrays at 60 and 94 GHz. At 94 GHz this requires an array of transmit/receive (T/R) modules with center to center spacings of 1.5 mm between modules. Generating the required output power without exceeding thermal dissipation limits places stringent requirements on the solid state components of the T/R module. The first 60 GHz transistor amplifier was developed in 1983 using GaAs MESFETs. The DARPA Strategic Technology Office quickly initiated a program to extend these capabilities to develop a 60 GHz T/R module for satellite-to-satellite communications applications. Concurrently, in expectation that MESFET performance might prove inadequate for some EHF applications, the DARPA Defense Sciences Office initiated a program to develop alternative EHF transistor technologies. Various planar and vertical device structures have been fabricated and devices with measured gain at 94 GHz and projected values of the maximum frequency of oscillation, fmax up to 220 GHz have been developed under this program and others.

Descriptors :   *GROUP III COMPOUNDS, *GROUP V COMPOUNDS, *TRANSISTORS, ANTENNAS, BEAMS(RADIATION), CIRCUITS, DISSIPATION, EXTREMELY HIGH FREQUENCY, FREQUENCY, LIMITATIONS, MILLIMETER WAVES, OSCILLATION, OUTPUT, POWER, REQUIREMENTS, SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS, STRATEGIC WEAPONS, STRUCTURES, THERMAL PROPERTIES, TRADE OFF ANALYSIS, TRANSMITTANCE, VALUE, VERTICAL ORIENTATION

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE