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Optimization of out-of-band impedance environment for linearity improvements of microwave power transistors

Chaudhary, Muhammad Akmal, Memon, Zulfiqar Ali, Yusoff, Zubaida, Lees, Jonathan, Benedikt, Johannes and Tasker, Paul 2018. Optimization of out-of-band impedance environment for linearity improvements of microwave power transistors. Presented at: 2018 5th International Conference on Electrical and Electronic Engineering (ICEEE), Istanbul, Turkey, 3-5 May 2018. 2018 5th International Conference on Electrical and Electronic Engineering (ICEEE). IEEE, pp. 219-223. 10.1109/ICEEE2.2018.8391334

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Abstract

This paper introduces a novel method that allows the presentation of specific, broadband impedances to a DUT by loadpull. To investigate this method, a derivative of class J power amplifier termed BJ is emulated, which effectively lies between class J and class B along the reactive routes on the Smith chart. The mode helps explore baseband linearization approach and its suitability when using continuous mode architectures. Adopting out-of-band impedance optimization technique allows to present impedances and move progressively from a completely real set of loads to completely imaginary set of loads in a deterministic and systematic way. This further extends a view to look at how well the emulated mode linearizes at a set of BJ contour points along the way. The method uses multiple modulated signal sources, phase synchronized at both radio frequency (RF) and intermediate frequency (IF) to provide a complete multi-harmonic broadband loadpull capability controlled by a single local oscillator and allows complete impedance control at the DUT current generator plane.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 978-1-5386-6392-9
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 14:39
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/120420

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