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A 6-18 GHz monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifier (PA) was successfully developed using a quarter wavelength short stub and a monolithic broadband coupler for a non-uniform distributed power amplifier (NDPA) topology. This topology improved the output power at 18 GHz and attained a flat output power profile over 6-18 GHz. It also achieved filtering characteristics for both lower and higher cut-off frequencies. A fabricated MMIC PA with 0.25 μm GaN HEMTs delivered an output power of more than 10 W with average power added efficiency (PAE) of 18% over 6 to 18 GHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the best combination of output power and bandwidth for any solid-state MMIC amplifier operating up to the full Ku-band.
Date of Conference: 23-28 May 2010