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This example shows how to use the RF Toolbox™ microstrip transmission line element to design two-stage low noise amplifier (LNA) for wireless local area network (WLAN) with an input and the output matching network (MNW) to maximize the power delivered through a 50-ohm load and the system.

Designing an input and output MNW is an important part of the amplifier design. The amplifier in this example has high gain and low noise. To minimize parasitic effect, this example uses the microstrip transmission line MNW with a single stub.

The microstrip transmission line parameters are chosen as follows.

Physical Height of conductor or dielectric thickness — 1.524 mm

Relative permittivity of dielectric — 3.48

Loss angle tangent of dielectric — 0.0037

Physical thickness of microstrip transmission line — 3.5 um

The input matching network consists of one shunt stub and one series microstrip transmission line.

Create an input shunt stub microstrip transmission line with the physical length of 8.9 mm.

TL1 = txlineMicrostrip('Width',3.41730e-3,'Height',1.524e-3,'EpsilonR',3.48,'LossTangent',0.0037,... 'LineLength',8.9e-3,'Thickness',0.0035e-3,'StubMode','Shunt','Termination','Open');

Create an input series microstrip transmission line with the physical length of 14.7 mm.

TL2 = txlineMicrostrip('Width',3.41730e-3,'Height',1.524e-3,'EpsilonR',3.48, 'LossTangent',0.0037,... 'LineLength',14.7e-3,'Thickness',0.0035e-3);

Create and extract an amplifier object from the frequency dependent S-parameter data available in the specified file.

`amp1 = nport('f551432p.s2p'); `

Define the frequency range.

freq = 2e9:10e6:3e9;

Create a two-stage amplifier and plot its S-parameter.

casamp = circuit([amp1,clone(amp1)],'amplifiers'); % amplifier ciruit without MNW.

Plot the S-Parameter over the frequency range from 2 – 3 GHz.

S2 = sparameters(casamp,freq);

The output matching network consists of one shunt stub and one series microstrip transmission line.

Create an output series microstrip transmission line with the physical length of 22.47 mm.

TL3 = txlineMicrostrip('Width',3.41730e-3,'Height',1.524e-3,'EpsilonR',3.48, 'LossTangent',0.0037,... 'LineLength',22.47e-3,'Thickness',0.0035e-3);

Create an output shunt stub microstrip transmission line with the physical length of 5.66 mm.

TL4 = txlineMicrostrip('Width',3.41730e-3, 'Height',1.524e-3,'EpsilonR',3.48, 'LossTangent',0.0037,... 'LineLength',5.66e-3,'Thickness',0.0035e-3,'StubMode','Shunt','Termination','Open');

To verify the simultaneous conjugate match at the input of the amplifier, plot the input reflection coefficients in dB for the amplifier circuit with and without a matching network.

Cascade the circuit elements by adding the input and the output MNW to the two-stage amplifier.

`c = circuit([TL1, TL2,clone(amp1),clone(amp1),TL3, TL4]); % two-stage LNA with MNW`

Plot the S-parameters and analyze the amplifier with and without the matching networks over the frequency range of 2.4 – 2.5 GHz.

figure S3 = sparameters(c,freq); rfplot(S2,1,1) hold on; rfplot(S3,1,1) legend('|S11| of Two-Stage LNA Without MNW','|S11| of Two-Stage LNA with MNW'); title('Input Reflection Coefficients of Two-Stage LNA'); grid on;

The calculated input return loss for the two-stage LNA with the input MNW is around 13 dB.

To verify the simultaneous conjugate match at the output of the amplifier, plot output reflection coefficients in dB for both the two-stage LNA with and without a MNW.

figure rfplot(S2,2,2) hold on; rfplot(S3,2,2) legend('|S22| of Without MNW','|S22| of With MNW'); title('Output Reflection Coefficients of Two-Stage LNA'); grid on;

The calculated output return loss for the two-stage LNA with the output MNW is aroung 11 dB.

To verify the simultaneous conjugate match at the input and output of the amplifier, plot the input reflection coefficient and the gain parameters in dB for the two-stage LNA with the MNW.

figure; rfplot(S3,1,1) hold on; rfplot(S3,2,1) title('Gain and Input Reflection Coefficients of Cascaded LNA'); grid on;

The calculated amplifier gain, S21 is 34.5 dB, and the input reflection coefficient, S11 is around 13 dB.

Calculate and plot all the complex load and source reflection coefficients for simultaneous conjugate match at all measured frequency data points that are unconditionally stable. These reflection coefficients are measured at the amplifier interfaces.

figure smithplot(S3,1,1,'LegendLabels','Measured S11')

Use an `rfbudget`

object to calculate the amplifier noise figure.

b = rfbudget( ... 'Elements',[TL1 TL2 amp1 clone(amp1) TL3 TL4], ... 'InputFrequency',2.45e9, ... 'AvailableInputPower',0, ... 'SignalBandwidth',2e9, ... 'Solver','Friis', ... 'AutoUpdate',1); rfplot(b,'NF')

The amplifier noise figure is calculated as 0.7 dB.

[1] Maruddani, B, M Ma’sum, E Sandi, Y Taryana, T Daniati, and W Dara. “Design of Two Stage Low Noise Amplifier at 2.4 - 2.5 GHz Frequency Using Microstrip Line Matching Network Method.” *Journal of Physics: Conference Series* 1402 (December 2019): 044031.