This contribution presents a groundbreaking distributed matching/combining network that allows to develop ultra-broadband Doherty Power Amplifiers (DPAs). In 73% of fractional bandwidth, from 1.2 GHz to 2.6 GHz, input return loss lower than −18 dB is demonstrated with 1.82 resistance transformation ratio. The active load modulation capability is verified, resulting in a resistance modulation index within 1.8 and 2.1 in the overall frequency range. In order to quantify the benefits, both matching and combining performance of the proposed network are compared with the conventional output network of DPAs. The solution is validated through the realization of a hybrid GaN prototype with more than 83% of fractional bandwidth. From 1 GHz to 2.6 GHz, continuous wave measurements show efficiency levels within 85 %-45% and within 57 %-35% at saturation and 6 dB of output power back-off, respectively. Measurement results applying a 5MHz 3gpp signal with carrier frequency from 1.2 GHz to 2.5 GHz confirm the efficient amplification of the prototype with envelope varying signals.

Giofre', R., Piazzon, L., Colantonio, P., Giannini, F. (2014). A Distributed Matching/Combining Network Suitable to Design Doherty Power Amplifiers Covering More Than an Octave Bandwidth. In International Microwave Symposium (IMS), 2014 IEEE MTT-S (pp.1-3) [10.1109/MWSYM.2014.6848303].

A Distributed Matching/Combining Network Suitable to Design Doherty Power Amplifiers Covering More Than an Octave Bandwidth

GIOFRE', ROCCO;PIAZZON, LUCA;COLANTONIO, PAOLO;GIANNINI, FRANCO
2014

Abstract

This contribution presents a groundbreaking distributed matching/combining network that allows to develop ultra-broadband Doherty Power Amplifiers (DPAs). In 73% of fractional bandwidth, from 1.2 GHz to 2.6 GHz, input return loss lower than −18 dB is demonstrated with 1.82 resistance transformation ratio. The active load modulation capability is verified, resulting in a resistance modulation index within 1.8 and 2.1 in the overall frequency range. In order to quantify the benefits, both matching and combining performance of the proposed network are compared with the conventional output network of DPAs. The solution is validated through the realization of a hybrid GaN prototype with more than 83% of fractional bandwidth. From 1 GHz to 2.6 GHz, continuous wave measurements show efficiency levels within 85 %-45% and within 57 %-35% at saturation and 6 dB of output power back-off, respectively. Measurement results applying a 5MHz 3gpp signal with carrier frequency from 1.2 GHz to 2.5 GHz confirm the efficient amplification of the prototype with envelope varying signals.
International Microwave Symposium (IMS), 2014 IEEE MTT-S
Tampa, FL
2014
Rilevanza internazionale
contributo
Settore ING-INF/01 - Elettronica
English
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Giofre', R., Piazzon, L., Colantonio, P., Giannini, F. (2014). A Distributed Matching/Combining Network Suitable to Design Doherty Power Amplifiers Covering More Than an Octave Bandwidth. In International Microwave Symposium (IMS), 2014 IEEE MTT-S (pp.1-3) [10.1109/MWSYM.2014.6848303].
Giofre', R; Piazzon, L; Colantonio, P; Giannini, F
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