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A Ka-band power amplifier based on the traveling-wave power-dividing/combining slotted-waveguide circuit

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3 Author(s)
Xin Jiang ; Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci. Dept., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA ; S. C. Ortiz ; A. Mortazawi

An eight-device Ka-band solid-state power amplifier has been designed and fabricated using a traveling-wave power-dividing/combining technique. The low-profile slotted-waveguide structure employed in this design provides not only a high power-combining efficiency over a wide bandwidth, but also efficient heat sinking for the active devices. The measured maximum small-signal gain of the eight-device power amplifier is 19.4 dB at 34 GHz with a 3-dB bandwidth of 3.2 GHz (fL=31.8 GHz, fH=35 GHz). The measured maximum output power at 1-dB compression (Pout at 1 dB) from the power amplifier is 33 dBm (∼2 W) at 32.2 GHz, with a power-combining efficiency of 80%. Furthermore, performance degradation of this power amplifier due to device failures has also been simulated and measured.

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 2 )