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A vector intermodulation analyzer applied to behavioral modeling of nonlinear amplifiers with memory

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3 Author(s)
Walker, A. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC, USA ; Steer, M. ; Gard, K.G.

A large signal vector intermodulation network analyzer with a dynamic range of 90 dB and phase resolution of better than 2° is reported. The analyzer is used in conjunction with a multislice behavioral model to characterize memory effects in three different RF power amplifiers: an MOSFET instrumentation amplifier, a multistage GaAs/silicon-based broadband microwave integrated-circuit amplifier, and an SiGe HBT monolithic-microwave integrated-circuit amplifier. The multislice behavioral model architecture builds on conventional single-tone AM-AM and AM-PM modeling extended to capture long-term memory effects that are characterized by asymmetric intermodulation distortion (IMD). Phase asymmetries of upper and lower IMD are captured. A systematic procedure for extracting the model is presented.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 5 )