Regarding SP simulation for phase shifter (phase interpolator...
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Regarding SP simulation for phase shifter (phase interpolator)
over 4 years ago
I would like to ask a question about S-Parameter (SP) simulation for phase shifter (phase interpolator) design. I am designing a 10GHz phase shifter using I/Q interpolation (so called, Cartesian phase shifter or phase rotator). In order to see the phase shift, I ran a transient simulation and it worked as expected.
However, when I ran a SP simulation, here is some simulation information,
There are two phase shifters: One’s output is reference and the other’s output is phase shifted.
The input port (port#1) generates an I signal, and the output ports (port#2 and port#3) are connected to output LC loads of two phase shifters. (Of course, I have one more input port for Q signal generation)
In order to see the phase difference of two phase shifter outputs, I checked the phases of S21 and S31. However, the phase difference between S21 and S31 is almost zero, which is not what I expected.
Hence, I am wondering if I cannot see the phase difference of the phase interpolation circuit with SP simulation or not. If it is possible, I am wondering what I did wrong.
For your information, when I designed a LC passive phase shifter, a SP simulation in the same manner worked fine.
Could you please advise?
Thank you so much!
over 4 years ago
I greatly appreciate your comment!
Based on your comment, I may understand the reason and would like to make sure with you. In order to apply Q-phase signal, I set “Port properties > Source type: sine, Phase for Sinusoid 1:90”. But this 90deg signal is only for transient analysis not for SP analysis. Am I correct?
Actually, I ran this simulation to make sure my future measurement setup. I will test the phase shifter with a vector network analyzer (VNA), i.e. phase difference between two S21 (one is input-to-phase shifter output, the other is input-to-reference). Since I/Q signals are internally generated on a chip, I think this measurement is feasible with a VNA. I would also like to ask your opinion about this measurement plan. Could you please advise?
Thank you so much for your help!
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