JOURNAL OF CHINA UNIVERSITIES OF POSTS AND TELECOM ›› 2016, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (1): 91-96.doi:

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Design of High-Efficiency Broadband Power Amplifier Using Low-Pass Bias Network


  • Received:2015-10-09 Revised:2015-11-17 Online:2016-02-26 Published:2016-02-28
  • Contact: Qijin YU
  • Supported by:

    National Basic Research Program of China;National Natural Science Foundation of China for the Major Equipment Develop;The National Science Foundation of China


A novel design of high-efficiency broadband power amplifier (BPA) with the low-pass bias network to enhance the efficiency and output power is presented in this paper. This letter presents an approach to enhance the efficiency and output power of a broadband power amplifier (BPA) by using a low-pass filter as the bias network. Compared with other bias networks, the proposed low-pass bias network shows a smaller baseband impedance, which can reduce the electrical memory effect. While it provides a larger radio frequency (RF) impedance, which can prevent the leakage of the output power from bias network. A BPA with the proposed bias network is designed using commercial GaN device Cree40025F. The designed BPA shows a fractional bandwidth of 40%, from 1.8GHz to 2.7GHz. The measured results exhibit 73.9 % drain efficiency (DE) value with output power of 43.5 dBm at 2.7GHz, which appears an enhancement of 9.5% and 2.5dBm comparing with that adopts LC bias network.

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