Estimation of signal attenuation in the 60 GHZ band with an analog BiCMOS passive filter

Johannes W. Lambrechts, Saurabh Sinha

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Prediction of millimeter(mm)-wave radio signals can be beneficial in recreating and repeating atmospheric conditions in a controlled, laboratory environment. A path-loss model has been proposed that accounts for free-space losses, oxygen absorption, reflection and diffraction losses, and rain-rate attenuation at mm-wave frequencies. Two variable passive low-pass-integrated circuit filter structures for attenuation in the 57-64 GHz unlicensed frequency band have been proposed, designed, simulated, prototyped in a 130-nm SiGe bipolar complementary metal-oxide semiconductor process, and measured. The filters are based on the Butterworth and Chebyshev low-pass filter topologies and investigate the possibility of using the structures to perform amplitude attenuation of mm-wave frequencies over a short distance. Both filters are designed and matched for direct coupling with equivalent circuit models of dipole antennas operating in this frequency band. Full integration therefore allows prediction of atmospheric losses on an analog, real-time, basis without the requirement of down-converting (sampling) to analyze high-frequency signals through a digital architecture. On-wafer probe measurements were performed to limit parasitic interference from bonding wires and enclosed packaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-653
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Filters
  • Passive components and circuits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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