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Any advantage of using both N and P MOS in an LNA? (Read 524 times)
Horror Vacui
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Any advantage of using both N and P MOS in an LNA?
Aug 23rd, 2018, 6:19am
Hi RF designers,

In most of the publications the RF transistors of an LNA are almost NMOS transistors only. If we assume that PMOS devices are fast enough for the operating frequency, would it make sense to employ the PMOS as well?

Thinking in the frame of one stage designs, and assuming that a pmos is a similar transistor than the nmos, we have two devices connected in parallel. So we might have twice the gm but twice the gds as well for the same current, so neither the gain, nor the output noise change.
Here I have assumed that the real part of the output impedance is determined by the output impedance of the transistors. Is it true in general?

For me it is a strange result, that having a pmos as well does not improve the circuit performance.  Could you confirm or debunk the above statement? Can you give examples where using both N and PMOS improves the performance?
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