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Transmission-line load-network topology for class-E power amplifiers

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2 Author(s)
Wilkinson, A.J. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Cape Town Univ., Rondebosch, South Africa ; Everard, J.K.A.

Class-E amplifiers are a type of switching amplifier offering very high efficiency approaching 100%. In this paper, a topology and design methodology, which could be used for a transmission-line implementation of a class-E power amplifier, is presented. A simple transmission-line class-E load network is proposed that offers combined transformation of the load resistance down to a suitable level, as well as simultaneous suppression of harmonics in the load. The load network was developed and tested with the aid of a time-domain simulator (i.e., SPICE). A microstrip layout was designed and a first prototype was built operating at 1 GHz utilizing a field-effect transistor as the switching device. A drain efficiency of 72% was measured for our prototype after tuning, although better performance can be expected with an improved switching transistor and careful tuning of the load network

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 6 )