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A new large-signal AlGaAs/GaAs HBT model including self-heating effects, with corresponding parameter-extraction procedure

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3 Author(s)
Lu, K. ; Dept. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Univ. Coll. Dublin, Ireland ; Perry, P.A. ; Brazil, T.J.

Accurate modelling of the microwave large-signal characteristics of AlGaAs/GaAs Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors (HBT's) is extremely useful for microwave power applications of the device. This paper presents a new type of HBT large-signal model which is valid for dc, small-signal and large-signal ac modes of operation. The model may be used over a wide range of operating conditions and includes allowance for self-heating effects which are very important for HBT's. Through the use of several novel features, the proposed approach is differentiated from the traditional Ebers-Moll or Gummel-Poon BJT representations. The new model is accompanied by a very simple parameter extraction process requiring only a series of conventional dc and multi-bias point small-signal S-parameter measurements. Finally, the model is validated by independent power sweep measurements on HBT's from two different manufacturers

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 7 )