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Design technique for broadband microwave transistor power amplifiers

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2 Author(s)
K. L. Kotzebue ; University of California, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Santa Barbara, USA ; E. R. Ehlers

A technique for the design of broadband microwave transistor power amplifiers is presented that utilises the powerful methods of network synthesis to achieve optimum large-signal performance. Only two large-signal transistor measurements per frequency are required to achieve a good analytic model of the transistor's variation of added power with load impedance, and a mapping function is presented that translates this added-power characteristic into an equivalent linear-circuit reflection-coefficient characteristic. With this representation, methods of linear-network synthesis are used to obtain circuits which optimise the amplifier's added-power efficiency over a broad range of frequencies. The design technique has been experimentally verified by the characterisation, design and construction of a b.j.t. amplifier of near-octave bandwidth centred at 1 GHz, with the large-signal performance in good agreement with that predicted by the design theory.

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Microwaves, Optics and Acoustics, IEE Journal on  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 3 )