Spin Torque Oscillator (STO) is a promising technology for microwave and radar applications due to its large tunability, miniature size, high operation frequency, high integration level, etc. However, the technology comes also with issues and challenges,such as low output power and spectrum impurity. For instance, in order to apply the STO technology into communication systems, an amplifier is required to compensate the STO’s low output power.
This project presents an amplifier for promising Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ) STO devices. The motional resistance of different MTJ STO devices varies from several Ohms to hundreds Ohms, which makes the design challenging. This thesis focuses first on extracting the amplifier requirements using the state-of-the-art MTJ STO devices. The operation frequency of MTJ STO is in the range of 4-8GHzwith a -40～-60 dBm output power. Therefore, a wideband amplifier with 45-65 dB gain is required.