In this paper, a novel active tunable band-pass filter with improved noise performances is presented. This filter is based on a negative resistance circuit (or active capacitance), where the gain obtained with a transistor is used to compensate for inductor losses. Moreover, the capacitance of the resonator is obtained through a voltage-controlled reverse-biased varactor, which allows for frequency tuning. Despite the active component, the proposed filter also has good noise performance. Measurements show a tunability range from 1.816 GHz to 1.886 GHz, with a bandwidth of 38 MHz. The insertion loss maximum value is 0.4 dB, while the noise figure value has a minimum value of 2.5 dB at the center frequency within the tunability range.
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