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Modern wireless communication systems require power amplifiers with high efficiency and high linearity. CMOS is the technology of choice for complete systems on a chip due to its lower costs and high integration levels. However, it has always been difficult to integrate high-efficiency power amplifiers in CMOS. In this paper, we present a new class of operation (parallel A&B) for power amplifiers that improves both their dynamic range and power efficiency. A prototype design of the new amplifier was fabricated in a 0.18-μm CMOS technology. Measurement results show a PAE that is over 44% and the measured output power is +22 dBm. In comparison to a normal class A amplifier, this new design increases the 1-dB compression point (P1dB) by over 3 dB and reduces dc power consumption by over 50% within the linear operating range.