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Multiharmonic Volterra Model Dedicated to the Design of Wideband and Highly Efficient GaN Power Amplifiers

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This paper presents a complete validation of the new behavioral model called the multiharmonic Volterra (MHV) model for designing wideband and highly efficient power amplifiers with packaged transistors in computer-aided design (CAD) software. The proposed model topology is based on the principle of the harmonic superposition introduced by the Agilent X-parameters, which is combined with the dynamic Volterra theory to give an MHV model that can handle short-term memory effects. The MHV models of 10- and 100-W packaged GaN transistors have been extracted from time-domain load-pull measurements under continuous wave and pulsed modes, respectively. Both MHV models have been implemented into CAD software to design 10- and 85-W power amplifiers in L- and S-bands. Finally, the first power amplifier exhibited mean measured values of 10-W output power and 65% power-added efficiency over 36% bandwidth centered at 2.2 GHz, while the second one exhibited 85-W output power and 65% drain efficiency over 50% bandwidth centered at 1.6 GHz.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 6 )