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We developed a Doherty amplifier with uneven input drive and optimized individual matching for the carrier and peaking cells. In the proposed amplifier, higher input power is delivered to the peaking cell rather than the carrier cell for optimized linear power operation, especially for appropriate load modulation. Both cells are matched differently to further optimize the performance. We analyzed the efficiency of the proposed amplifier as a function of the input drive ratio for the two cells. To interpret the linearity related to the load modulation and harmonic cancellation mechanisms, we simulated the third-order intermodulation amplitude and phase of each cell of the proposed amplifier. For verification, we implemented the asymmetric power amplifier with uneven drive and optimized power matching using Motorola's MRF281SR1 LDMOSFET with a 4-W peak envelope power. For a 2.14-GHz forward-link wireless code-division multiple-access signal, the measured drain efficiency of the amplifier is 40%, and the measured average output power is 33 dBm at an adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) of -35 dBc, while those of the comparable class-AB amplifier are 21% and 30.6 dBm at the same ACLR level, respectively.
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:53 , Issue: 5 )
Date of Publication: May 2005