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Improving Power Amplifier Efficiency and Linearity Using a Dynamically Controlled Tunable Matching Network

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2 Author(s)
Jia-Shiang Fu ; Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci. Dept., Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI ; Mortazawi, Amir

This paper presents a tunable matching network that enhances both efficiency and linearity of power amplifiers (PAs). A medium-power amplifier with a varactor-based matching network is designed, fabricated, and tested. It is demonstrated that not only the power efficiency at reduced drive levels can be improved but also the AM-AM and AM-PM distortions of the PA are reduced when the tunable matching network is biased according to the input drive level. Moreover, under 3GPP WCDMA modulated input, the PA with a dynamically controlled tunable matching network achieves up to 5% improvement in drain efficiency when compared with a PA employing a fixed matching network.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:56 ,  Issue: 12 )