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Static and Dynamic Error Vector Magnitude Behavior of 2.4-GHz Power Amplifier

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Sang-Woong Yoon ; Marvell Semicond. Inc, Santa Clara, CA

This paper presents error vector magnitude (EVM) behavior under two different modes of a reference voltage (Vref); one is a static EVM with a constant Vref and the other is a dynamic EVM with a pulsed Vref. A 2.4-GHz two-stage power amplifier (PA) is implemented by GaAs HBT technology to investigate EVM behavior for IEEE 802.11 g wireless local area network application. A square wave pulse with the duty cycle of 50% is applied as Vref for dynamic operation mode. In this paper, it is shown that a dynamic EVM is worse than a static EVM because a transient response of PA output distorts preamble and signal in orthogonal frequency division multiplexing signal bursts. This transient response is explained by a two-pole thermal network in this study, and transient response experiments with a resistor-capacitor (R-C) network at a power supply were performed for verification

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 4 )