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DESIGN OF BROADBAND, HIGH-EFFICIENCY, AND HIGH-LINEARITY GAN HEMT CLASS-J RF POWER AMPLIFIER

By S. A. Mohadeskasaei, F. Lin, X. Zhou, S. U. Abdullahi, and A. Ahmat

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Abstract:
In this paper, the design of a broadband, high-efficiency, and high-linearity Class-J GaN HEMT RF power amplifier (PA) over 1.6-2.6 GHz is explained. The source impedance is conjugate-matched to the input impedance of the device resulted from small signal simulation to make a high-gain power amplifier. The load impedance related to the maximum power added efficiency (PAE) and maximum output power is obtained by pulling the only fundamental and second harmonic components over frequency bandwidth. Thus, not only a high-efficiency PA but also a high-linearity PA is formed. The input and output matching networks are implemented by microstrip transmission lines. The theoretical PA designed is optimized using computer-aided simulations. The fabricated PA provides output power in the range of 38-39.9 dBm with 60%-73% PAE and 15-16.3 dB power gain across the band. The worst measured ACLR1 as the PA is fed by the CDMA signal with 1.2288 MHz bandwidth is at a level of -38.6 dBc. A close agreement between the measured and simulation results is observed due to the use of high-order harmonic balance simulator and high-accuracy implementation procedure.

Citation:
S. A. Mohadeskasaei, F. Lin, X. Zhou, S. U. Abdullahi, and A. Ahmat, "Design of broadband, high-efficiency, and high-linearity GaN HEMT CLASS-J RF power amplifier," Progress In Electromagnetics Research C, Vol. 72, 177-186, 2017.
doi:10.2528/PIERC17011905
http://www.jpier.org/pierc/pier.php?paper=17011905

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