Patent Number: 7,088,184

Title: High frequency amplifier in an integrated circuit

Abstract: The invention concerns an integrated circuit amplifier designed to supply an amplified signal at a power of a few hundreds of milliwatts at frequencies from one to several Gigahertz. The final stage of the amplifier comprises two signal amplification input points E and E' receiving in differential mode a signal to be amplified, and four main transistors of the same type of conductivity, each having a base, an emitter and a collector, including a first transistor or output transistor mounted in common emitter configuration, whereof the collector is linked to the output of the integrated circuit, a second transistor mounted in voltage follower configuration between the point E and the base of the output transistor, a third transistor mounted in common emitter configuration, having its collector linked to the base of the output transistor, a fourth transistor mounted in voltage follower configuration having its base linked to the point E' and its emitter linked to the base of the third transistor, the circuit also comprising a first current source linked to the base of the first transistor and a second current source linked to the base of the third transistor and to the emitter of the fourth transistor.

Inventors: Debroux; Jean-Francois (St Etienne de St Geoirs, FR)

Assignee: ATMEL Grenoble S.A.

International Classification: H03F 3/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018