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In this paper, a Volterra analysis built on top of a normal harmonic balance simulation is used for a comprehensive analysis of the causes of AM-PM distortion in a LDMOS RF power amplifier (PA). The analysis shows that any nonlinear capacitors cause AM-PM. In addition, varying terminal impedances may pull the matching impedances and cause phase shift. The AM-PM is also affected by the distortion that is mixed down from the second harmonic. As a sample circuit, an internally matched 30-W LDMOS RF PA is used and the results are compared to measured AM-AM, AM-PM and large-signal S11.
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:57 , Issue: 2 )
Date of Publication: Feb. 2009