Compact high-speed envelope detector architecture for ultra-wideband communications

Angel Blanco Granja*, Bruno Cimoli, Sebastian Rodriguez, Rolf Jakoby, Jesper Bevensee Jensen, Andreas Penirschke, Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Tom Keinicke Johansen

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This article describes a Schottky diode based envelope detector architecture able to demodulate single-ended signals adopting a single balanced configuration without the use of an external balun. The proposed architecture combines the functionality of a balun and, simultaneously, the rectification of the input signal. The dual functionality of the Schottky diodes applied, leads to a compact configuration that, according to the authors' knowledge, has not been shown before. The manufactured prototype is able to demodulate error free a 2.5 Gbps amplitude shift keying signal at 8 GHz carrier frequency, achieving a bitrate to frequency carrier ratio (b) of 31.25%.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMicrowave and Optical Technology Letters
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)936-941
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Amplitude modulation
  • Envelope detector
  • Microwave detector
  • Schottky diode
  • Ultra-wideband

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