A novel direct matching network synthesis technique and its application to broadband class-J power amplifier

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Maoning Zeng
  • Shichang Chen
  • Weiwei Wang
  • Jialin Cai
  • Wenhui Cao
  • Gaofeng Wang

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere22390
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering
Volume30
Issue number11
Online published8 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Abstract

A novel direct matching network (MN) synthesis method improving the conventional simplified real frequency technique (SRFT) is presented in this article. By straightforwardly optimize the characteristic impedance (physical width) and electrical length (physical length) of each distributed element in a preselected configuration, the proposed method has one more degree of design freedom by comparison with the SRFT, and therefore increases design flexibility and matching effects. To demonstrate its effectiveness, a broadband class-J power amplifier (PA) is devised for which both the input and output MNs are realized using the proposed method. The simultaneous manipulation of fundamental and second harmonic impedances is successfully realized by defining a novel target function that indicates the degree of proximity for the realized impedances to the optimal transistor impedances. Comprehensive equations and complete design procedures of the new technique are given. The measured class-J PA implemented for verification achieves an output power of 39.2 to 42.3 dBm and power-added efficiency of 61.8% to 71.6% over the frequency range of 2.5 to 3.8 GHz using a 10-W GaN HEMT. A 20-MHz LTE-A signal is employed to validate the linearization capability of this class-J PA. An adjacent channel leakage ratio level around −43.8 dBc is achieved after utilizing digital predistortion technique.

Research Area(s)

  • broadband power amplifier, class-J, network synthesis, power-added efficiency (PAE), real frequency technique, target function

Citation Format(s)

A novel direct matching network synthesis technique and its application to broadband class-J power amplifier. / Zeng, Maoning; Chen, Shichang; Wang, Weiwei; Cai, Jialin; Cao, Wenhui; Zhou, Xin Yu; Chan, Wing Shing; Wang, Gaofeng.

In: International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, Vol. 30, No. 11, e22390, 11.2020.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal