High-efficiency low-voltage-stress Class-EF PA with extended maximum operating frequency

M. Thian, V. Fusco

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The Class-EF power amplifier (PA) introduced recently has a peak switch voltage much lower than the well-known Class-E PA. However, the value of the transistor output capacitance at high frequencies is typically larger than the required Class-EF optimum shunt capacitance. As a result, softswitching operation that minimizes power dissipation during OFF-to-ON transient cannot be achieved at high frequencies. A novel Class-EF topology with transmission-line load network proposed in this paper allows the PA to operate at much higher frequencies without trading the other figures of merit. Closed-form formulations are derived to simultaneously satisfy the Class-EF impedances requirement at fundamental frequency, all even harmonics, and the first two odd harmonics as well as to provide matching to 50O load.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
EventGEMIC - Darmstadt, Germany
Duration: 01 Mar 201101 Mar 2011




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