Low voltage modified Gilbert cell mixer

RF mixers are workhorses of many RF/wireless designs. There are a number of types in use. Many are passive ( diodes, CMOS quads, etc) and some are active ( single balanced, doubly balanced). A ubiquitous design is the Gilbert cell mixer. It is doubly balanced, provides gain, can be implemented simply in ICs. However, when it comes to low voltage operation it causes issues. Therefore a number of modified Gilbert cell mixers have been proposed. Among them is the mixer described in a recently released brief by Signal Processing Group Inc. Please access it at http://www.signalpro.biz>engineer’s corner. For further details and discussion please contact the author at spg@signalpro.biz.

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