Broadband Doherty-Like Power Amplifier Using Paralleled Right- and Left-Handed Impedance Transformers

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4599-4610
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Volume68
Issue number11
Online published31 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Abstract

Previously, the bandwidth of conventional Doherty power amplifiers ( DPAs) is limited by the phase dispersion of the microstrip impedance transformer (IT). To overcome this phase dispersion, minimization of the phase delay of the IT is required, however at the expense of load modulation bandwidth, which limits further bandwidth extension. In this article, we present a broadband Doherty-like PA topology that, for the first time, uses parallel right- and left-handed ITs. This satisfies the minimal phase delay requirement while simultaneously maintaining wideband load modulation. Consequently, the frequency range for load modulation can be significantly extended. For demonstration purposes, a Doherty-like PA prototype is realized using two identical 10-W GaN HEMTs. Measurement results show that a drain efficiency of at least 40% is achieved at 5.2-6-dB backoff from 1.25 to 2.30 GHz, which corresponds to a very wide bandwidth of ∼60%.

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  • Bandwidth, Impedance, Broadband communication, Delays, Microstrip, Dispersion, Modulation, Broadband amplifier, Doherty power amplifier (DPA), GaN, high-efficiency amplifier, impedance transformer (IT), HIGH-EFFICIENCY, DESIGN METHODOLOGY, LINEARITY

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Broadband Doherty-Like Power Amplifier Using Paralleled Right- and Left-Handed Impedance Transformers. / Zhou, Xin Yu; Chan, Wing Shing; Pang, Jingzhou; Xia, Jing; Feng, Wenjie.

In: IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 68, No. 11, 11.2020, p. 4599-4610.

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