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2.4 GHz high-efficiency power-combining Class-E amplifier with transmission-line harmonic traps

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3 Author(s)
Thian, M. ; ECU Inst., Queen''s Univ. Belfast, Belfast, UK ; Fusco, V. ; Gardner, P.

Experimental assessments of the modified power-combining Class-E amplifier are described. The technique used to combine the output of individual power amplifiers (PAs) into an unbalanced load without the need for bulky transformers permits the use of small RF chokes useful for the deployment in the EER transmitter. The modified output load network of the PA results in excellent 50 dBc and 46 dBc second and third-harmonic suppressions, dispensing the need for additional lossy filtering block. Operating from a 3.2 V dc supply voltage, the PA exhibits 64% drain efficiency at 24 dBm output power. Over a wide bandwidth of 350 MHz, drain efficiency of better than 60% at output power higher than 22 dBm were achieved.

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Microwave Conference Proceedings (APMC), 2010 Asia-Pacific

Date of Conference:

7-10 Dec. 2010