Mixed-Mode Active Load-Pull Using one Single-Ended Device-Under-Test
Paper in proceeding, 2021

A method to emulate differential transmitter architectures is presented. The technique, which is based on mixed-mode active load-pull measurements, predicts power amplifier (PA) performance while avoiding the need to manufacture the complete PA. The method is based on an iterative procedure using transistor/branch PA active load-pull measurements together with the S-parameters of the load network. Advantageously, real world performance of the complete differential PA can be evaluated in the design stage. Thereby, many different output combiners and configurations, e.g., biases, transistors, and branch phases, can be fully evaluated without fabrication. Compared to prior art, the method requires only a single representative device-under-test, while providing flexibility in the input signal and the target load network. Thus, a novel powerful measurement tool for PA designers is presented. The technique is demonstrated by performing mixed-mode load-pull and emulating a differential amplifier at 2.14 GHz using continuous wave signals.

mixed-mode S-parameters

Active load-pull

emulation

differential

measurement technique

power amplifier

Author

Koen Buisman

University of Surrey

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Jose-Ramon Perez-Cisneros

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

William Hallberg

Qamcom Research & Technology

Dhecha Nopchinda

University College London (UCL)

Peter J. Zampardi

Qorvo, Inc

2021 IEEE Topical Conference on RF/Microwave Power Amplifiers for Radio and Wireless Applications, PAWR 2021

20-23 9375580

2021 IEEE Topical Conference on RF/Microwave Power Amplifiers for Radio and Wireless Applications, PAWR 2021
Virtual, San Diego, USA,

Subject Categories

Telecommunications

Signal Processing

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

DOI

10.1109/PAWR51852.2021.9375580

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