Design and Realization of an Output Network for a GaN-HEMT Current-Mode Class-S Power Amplifier at 450MHz

Conference: GeMiC 2009 - German Microwave Conference
03/16/2009 - 03/18/2009 at München, Germany

Proceedings: GeMiC 2009

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Wentzel, A.; Meliani, C.; Flucke, J.; Ersoy, E.; Heinrich, W. (Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH), 12489 Berlin, Germany)

This paper describes the design and realization of a hybrid lumped output network for a current-mode class-S power amplifier. It consist of a band pass filter, a balun and a broadband constant current supply. The filter achieves a bandwidth of 300 MHz and 0.5 dB insertion loss. As a demonstrator for the class-S concept, the developed network together with a GaN MMIC switching stage and GaAs Schottky-diodes demonstrates a complete class-S power amplifier for a data rate of 1.8 Gbps for an analog signal frequency of 450 MHz. An output power of 2.7 W at 450 MHz with an efficiency of 19 % and a very high power gain of 37 dB has been achieved. This is the first demonstration of class-S operation at these power levels for this frequency range.