IEICE Electronics Express
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Design of class E power amplifiers by using scalable electro-thermal GaN HEMT model
Xiansuo LiuChuicai RongYuehang XuBo YanRuimin XuTiedi Zhang
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2017 Volume 14 Issue 18 Pages 20170806

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In this paper, a scalable large signal GaN HEMT model including nonlinear thermal sub-circuit is described. Only two scalable parameters are needed in the Ids scalable model by introducing a simple correction factor. The established model can predict the I–V curves at different-in-size AlGaN/GaN HEMTs devices accurately. Small signal S-parameters and large signal load pull tests with on-wafer measurement is used to further validate the proposed model. Finally, the proposed scalable model is used to design a broadband high efficiency continuous class-E power amplifier (PA). Experimental results show that this class E PA is realized from 2.5–3.5 GHz with drain efficiency of 60%–70%, over 8.2 dB gain and over 35.2 dBm output by using a GaN HEMT with 1.25 mm total gate width. The results show that the proposed model is useful for high efficiency amplifier design.

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