Design of Varactor-Based Tunable Matching Networks for Dynamic Load Modulation of High Power Amplifiers
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2009

In this paper, the design of varactor-based tunable matching networks for dynamic load modulation of high power amplifiers (PAs) is presented. Design guidelines to overcome the common breakdown, and tunability problems of the varactors for high power applications are proposed. Based on the guidelines, using commercially available abrupt junction silicon varactors, a tunable matching network is built and measured. The matching network is then used for load modulation of a 1-GHz 7-W class-E LDMOS PA. Static measurements of the load modulated PA show that the power-added efficiency of the PA is improved by an absolute value of 10% at 10-dB backoff. This promising result proves, for the first time, the feasibility of load modulation techniques for high-power applications in the gigahertz frequency range.

power amplifier (PA)

Load modulation

tunable matching network

Författare

Hossein Mashad Nemati

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap (MC2), Mikrovågselektronik

Christian Fager

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap (MC2), Mikrovågselektronik

Ulf Gustavsson

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap (MC2), Mikrovågselektronik

Herbert Zirath

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap (MC2), Mikrovågselektronik

IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques

0018-9480 (ISSN)

Vol. 57 1110-1118

Ämneskategorier

Elektroteknik och elektronik