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Analysis of the Survivability of GaN Low-Noise Amplifiers

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7 Author(s)
Matthias Rudolph ; Ferdinand-Braun-Inst. fur Hochsfrequenstech., Berlin ; Reza Behtash ; Ralf Doerner ; Klaus Hirche
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This paper presents a detailed analysis of the stressing mechanisms for highly rugged low-noise GaN monolithic-microwave integrated-circuit amplifiers operated at extremely high input powers. As an example, a low-noise amplifier (LNA) operating in the 3-7-GHz frequency band is used. A noise figure (NF) below 2.3 dB is measured from 3.5 to 7 GHz with NF<1.8 dB between 5-7 GHz. This device survived 33 dBm of available RF input power for 16 h without any change in low-noise performance. The stress mechanisms at high input powers are identified by systematic measurements of an LNA and a single high electron-mobility transistor in the frequency and time domains. It is shown that the gate dc current, which occurs due to self-biasing, is the most critical factor regarding survivability. A series resistance in the gate dc feed can reduce this gate current by feedback, and may be used to improve LNA ruggedness

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 1 )