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M. Sc. Radu Ciocoveanu

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About Radu Ciocoveanu

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Areas of Interest

  • Measurements
  • Research
  • Repairing all stuff

Open thesis projetcs

Just call me!

Awards

  • R. Ciocoveanu, R. Weigel, A. Hagelauer, and V. Issakov, RWW Student Paper Competition, 2nd place, IEEE Radio and Wireless Week, 2019. [Bibtex]
    @prize{ciocoveanu_prize_2019,
    author = {Ciocoveanu, Radu and Weigel, Robert and Hagelauer, Amelie and Issakov, Vadim},
    booktitle = {IEEE Radio and Wireless Week},
    cris = {ciocoveanu_prize_2019},
    year = {2019},
    month = {01},
    day = {22},
    title = {RWW Student Paper Competition, 2nd place},
    type = {20773-Kleiner Preis},
    }

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Publications

2019

  • R. Ciocoveanu, R. Weigel, A. Hagelauer, and V. Issakov, "A 20.7% PAE 3-Stage 60 GHz Power Amplifier for Radar Applications in 28 nm Bulk CMOS" in European Microwave Week, Paris, France, 2019. [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{ciocoveanu2019a,
    abstract = {This paper presents a highly efficient 3-stage differential Class-B power amplifier (PA) for short range radar applications, realized in a 28nm bulk CMOS technology. Measurement results show a saturated output power (Psat) of 11.9dBm with a 20.7% power-added efficiency (PAE) at 60 GHz. Moreover, the measurements show that for a frequency range from 57 GHz to 64 GHz, the Psat varies from 10.5dBm to 11.2dBm and the circuit draws 26mA from a 0.9V power supply. Furthermore, the fabricated chip has an area of 0.61mm x 0.31mm including the pads.
    }, author = {Ciocoveanu, Radu and Weigel, Robert and Hagelauer, Amelie and Issakov, Vadim}, language = {English}, booktitle = {European Microwave Week}, cris = {https://cris.fau.de/converis/publicweb/publication/220911836}, year = {2019}, month = {12}, day = {29}, eventdate = {2019-09-29/2019-10-04}, faupublication = {yes}, keywords = {Differential PA,60 GHz,28nm CMOS,High Efficiency.}, peerreviewed = {unknown}, title = {A 20.7% PAE 3-Stage 60 GHz Power Amplifier for Radar Applications in 28 nm Bulk CMOS}, type = {Konferenzschrift}, venue = {Paris, France}, }
  • R. Ciocoveanu, R. Weigel, and A. Hagelauer, "Modified Gilbert-Cell Mixer with an LO Waveform Shaper and Switched Gate-Biasing for 1/f Noise Reduction in 28 nm CMOS", IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Ii-Express Briefs, 2019. [Bibtex]
    @article{ciocoveanu2019b,
    author = {Ciocoveanu, Radu and Weigel, Robert and Hagelauer, Amelie},
    language = {English},
    cris = {https://cris.fau.de/converis/publicweb/publication/221117898},
    year = {2019},
    month = {08},
    faupublication = {yes},
    issn = {1549-7747},
    journaltitle = {IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Ii-Express Briefs},
    peerreviewed = {Yes},
    shortjournal = {IEEE T CIRCUITS-II},
    title = {Modified Gilbert-Cell Mixer with an LO Waveform Shaper and Switched Gate-Biasing for 1/f Noise Reduction in 28 nm CMOS},
    }
  • V. Issakov, R. Ciocoveanu, R. Weigel, A. Geiselbrechtinger, and J. Rimmelspacher, "Highly-Integrated Low-Power 60 GHz Multichannel Transceiver for Radar Applications in 28 nm CMOS" in IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, Boston, MA, USA, 2019, pp. 650-653. [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{issakov2019,
    abstract = {We present a highly-integrated low-power 60 GHz multi-channel transceiver realized in a 28 nm bulk CMOS technology. The circuit integrates three receive (RX) and two transmit (TX) channels. A receive channel includes an LNA, a passive mixer and a transimpedance amplifier (TIA), while a transmit channel contains a three-stage transformer-coupled differential power amplifier (PA). Additionally, the transceiver integrates a local oscillator (LO) signal generation network comprising a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), LO buffers, power splitters, frequency divider and a passive distribution network. The VCO is realized as a push-push cross-coupled topology and is continuously tunable in the frequency range 57-to-72 GHz, while achieving a measured phase noise of -84 dBc/Hz at 1 MHz offset at 60 GHz. The entire transceiver dissipates 342 mW using a single 0.9 V supply. A single RX channel draws 33 mA, while a single TX consumes 43 mA. The circuit including pads occupies a chip area of only 1.9 mm × 2.5 mm, which is limited only by the separation necessary for isolation between the channels. The transceiver provides a competitive performance and is suitable for 60 GHz continuous-wave radar applications.},
    author = {Issakov, V. and Ciocoveanu, Radu and Weigel, Robert and Geiselbrechtinger, A. and Rimmelspacher, J.},
    publisher = {Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.},
    booktitle = {IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest},
    cris = {https://cris.fau.de/converis/publicweb/publication/224167772},
    year = {2019},
    month = {06},
    day = {01},
    eventdate = {2019-06-02/2019-06-07},
    eventtitle = {2019 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2019},
    faupublication = {yes},
    isbn = {9781728113098},
    issn = {0149-645X},
    journaltitle = {IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest},
    keywords = {CMOS; radar; transceiver},
    pages = {650--653},
    peerreviewed = {unknown},
    title = {Highly-Integrated Low-Power 60 GHz Multichannel Transceiver for Radar Applications in 28 nm CMOS},
    venue = {Boston, MA, USA},
    volume = {2019-June},
    }
  • R. Ciocoveanu, R. Weigel, A. Hagelauer, and V. Issakov, "A 60 GHz 30.5% PAE Differential Stacked PA with Second Harmonic Control in 45 nm PD-SOI CMOS" in IEEE Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems, Orlando, FL, USA, 2019. [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{ciocoveanu2019,
    abstract = {This paper presents a 60GHz highly efficient single-stage differential stacked Class AB power amplifier (PA) with second harmonic control. The circuit has been realized in a 45 nm PD-SOI CMOS technology. Measurement results show that the power amplifier achieves a maximum output power (Pmax) of 15.3dBm with a competitive maximum power-added efficiency (PAEmax) of 30.5% at 60 GHz. The output-referred 1-dB compression point (OP1dB) is 9.5 dBm. Furthermore, the circuit draws 40mA from a 1.8V supply and the chip core size is 0.36mm x 0.35 mm.},
    author = {Ciocoveanu, Radu and Weigel, Robert and Hagelauer, Amelie and Issakov, Vadim},
    language = {English},
    booktitle = {IEEE Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems},
    cris = {https://cris.fau.de/converis/publicweb/publication/204681005},
    year = {2019},
    month = {01},
    day = {20},
    eventdate = {2019-01-20/2019-01-23},
    faupublication = {yes},
    keywords = {Power Amplifier,High-Power,High-Efficiency,PD-SOI.},
    peerreviewed = {unknown},
    title = {A 60 GHz 30.5% PAE Differential Stacked PA with Second Harmonic Control in 45 nm PD-SOI CMOS},
    type = {Konferenzschrift},
    venue = {Orlando, FL, USA},
    }

2018

  • R. Ciocoveanu, R. Weigel, A. Hagelauer, A. Geiselbrechtinger, and V. Issakov, "5G mm-Wave Stacked Class AB Power Amplifier in 45 nm PD-SOI CMOS" in 5G mm-Wave Stacked Class AB Power Amplifier in 45 nm PD-SOI CMOS, Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan, Japan, 2018. [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{ciocoveanu2018c,
    abstract = {This paper presents a single-stage stacked Class AB power amplifier (PA) with lower complexity for fifth generation (5G) K/Ka band front-ends that has been realized in a 45nm PDSOI CMOS technology. Measurement results show that the power amplifier achieves a saturated output power (Psat) of 17.3 dBm with a 39.7% maximum power-added efficiency (PAEmax) at 24 GHz. The output-referred 1-dB compression point (OP1dB) is 14.3dBm and the saturated output power varies from 15.9dBm to 17.3dBm for a frequency range from 22 GHz to 28 GHz. Furthermore, the circuit draws 40mA from a 2.9V supply and the chip core size is 0.35mm x 0.25 mm.},
    author = {Ciocoveanu, Radu and Weigel, Robert and Hagelauer, Amelie and Geiselbrechtinger, Angelika and Issakov, Vadim},
    language = {English},
    booktitle = {5G mm-Wave Stacked Class AB Power Amplifier in 45 nm PD-SOI CMOS},
    cris = {https://cris.fau.de/converis/publicweb/publication/203983358},
    year = {2018},
    month = {12},
    day = {15},
    eventdate = {2018-11-06/2018-11-09},
    eventtitle = {2018 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC 2018)},
    faupublication = {yes},
    keywords = {Stacked PA; 45nm PD-SOI; 5G; High Power; High Efficiency},
    peerreviewed = {unknown},
    title = {5G mm-Wave Stacked Class AB Power Amplifier in 45 nm PD-SOI CMOS},
    type = {Konferenzschrift},
    venue = {Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan, Japan},
    }
  • R. Ciocoveanu, R. Weigel, A. Hagelauer, and V. Issakov, "A Low Insertion-Loss 10-110 GHz Digitally Tunable SPST Switch in 22 nm FD-SOI CMOS" in A Low Insertion-Loss 10-110 GHz Digitally Tunable SPST Switch in 22 nm FD-SOI CMOS, San Diego, California, USA, USA, 2018. [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{ciocoveanu2018b,
    abstract = {This paper presents a wideband digitally tunable SPST switch based on the travelling-wave concept that has been realized in a 22 nm FD-SOI CMOS technology. The digital control for return loss is performed through mutual inductance switching. Small-signal measurement results show that the proposed SPST switch achieves a bandwidth of 10-110 GHz, with an insertion loss of 1.2 dB at 60 GHz and a 24 dB isolation at 60 GHz, whereas large-signal measurements show a 1-dB compression point of +7 dBm at 24 GHz. Furthermore, the 3 digital control bits allow tuning return loss center frequency by approximately 7 GHz. The chip core size is 0.12 mm x 0.15 mm.},
    author = {Ciocoveanu, Radu and Weigel, Robert and Hagelauer, Amelie and Issakov, Vadim},
    language = {English},
    booktitle = {A Low Insertion-Loss 10-110 GHz Digitally Tunable SPST Switch in 22 nm FD-SOI CMOS},
    cris = {https://cris.fau.de/converis/publicweb/publication/203983033},
    year = {2018},
    month = {11},
    day = {15},
    eventdate = {2018-10-14/2018-10-17},
    eventtitle = {2018 IEEE BiCMOS and Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuits and Technology Symposium (BCICTS)},
    faupublication = {yes},
    peerreviewed = {unknown},
    title = {A Low Insertion-Loss 10-110 GHz Digitally Tunable SPST Switch in 22 nm FD-SOI CMOS},
    type = {Konferenzschrift},
    venue = {San Diego, California, USA, USA},
    }
  • R. Ciocoveanu, R. Weigel, A. Hagelauer, and V. Issakov, "Bias-switched Down-Conversion Mixer for Flicker Noise Reduction in 28-nm CMOS" in Texas Symposium on Wireless and Microwave Circuits and Systems, Waco, Texas, USA, 2018. [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{ciocoveanu2018a,
    abstract = {This paper presents a modified Gilbert-cell mixer employing a novel biasing-scheme used to reduce the high Noise Figure, due to inherently high 1/f noise of MOS transistors. Switching the transistor from strong inversion to accumulation interferes with the self-correlation of the physical noisy process, which leads to a reduction in flicker noise. To illustrate this improvement, a comparison with a conventionally biased mixer is carried. Post-layout simulation results show that this mixer achieves a voltage conversion gain of 2.2 dB, a 1 dB compression point of 3 dBm and a 5 dB reduction in noise figure at 50 kHz, while it draws a current of 13 mA from a single 0.9 V supply. The occupied chip area is 0.5x0.94 mm². According to author’s knowledge this is the first time that bias switching technique is applied to a mixer at mm-wave frequencies.},
    author = {Ciocoveanu, Radu and Weigel, Robert and Hagelauer, Amelie and Issakov, Vadim},
    language = {English},
    booktitle = {Texas Symposium on Wireless and Microwave Circuits and Systems},
    cris = {https://cris.fau.de/converis/publicweb/publication/200465469},
    year = {2018},
    month = {07},
    day = {01},
    eventdate = {2018-04-05/2018-04-06},
    faupublication = {yes},
    peerreviewed = {unknown},
    title = {Bias-switched Down-Conversion Mixer for Flicker Noise Reduction in 28-nm CMOS},
    type = {Konferenzschrift},
    venue = {Waco, Texas, USA},
    }
  • R. Ciocoveanu, J. Rimmelspacher, R. Weigel, A. Hagelauer, and V. Issakov, "A 1.8-mW Low Power, PVT-Resilient, High Linearity, modified Gilbert-Cell Down-Conversion Mixer in 28-nm CMOS" in Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems, Anaheim, USA, 2018, pp. 19-22. [DOI] [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{ciocoveanu2018,
    abstract = {
    This paper presents a high linearity modified Gilbert-cell mixer designed for 60-GHz applications and fabricated in a 28-nm CMOS technology. To increase the linearity of the mixer, the RF transconductance stage was removed, thereby reducing the amount of stacked transistors. We propose using a self-biasing Vth reference in the bias network to make the mixer more robust to process-voltagetemperature (PVT) variations. Measurement results show that this mixer achieves a voltage conversion gain of 4.7 dB, a 1-dB compression point of -3 dBm and a 12.3 dB noise figure, while it draws only 2 mA from a single 0.9 V supply. The occupied area on the chip is 0.35x0.68 mm2 including pads.
    }, author = {Ciocoveanu, Radu and Rimmelspacher, Johannes and Weigel, Robert and Hagelauer, Amelie and Issakov, Vadim}, language = {English}, booktitle = {Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems}, cris = {https://cris.fau.de/converis/publicweb/publication/111716704}, year = {2018}, month = {01}, day = {14}, doi = {10.1109/SIRF.2018.8304218}, eventdate = {2018-01-14/2018-01-17}, faupublication = {yes}, keywords = {Down-Conversion Mixer,High-Linearity,Low-Power,PVT Robust}, pages = {19--22}, peerreviewed = {unknown}, title = {A 1.8-mW Low Power, PVT-Resilient, High Linearity, modified Gilbert-Cell Down-Conversion Mixer in 28-nm CMOS}, type = {Konferenzschrift}, venue = {Anaheim, USA}, }

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