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The conventional Doherty power amplifier (DPA) theory is limited to single carrier operations, leading to a non-generic structure. This paper presents a new analysis that generalizes the conventional DPA theory for increased efficiency and bandwidth. We demonstrate that by introducing a theoretical parameter at the output combiner we can redefine the relationships among the output combiner elements for a greater level of design flexibility than it was possible in the conventional DPA. We also show that previously published works in this area can be considered as special cases of the proposed general theory. As a demonstrator, a specific design, named Reduced- Doherty power amplifier, realized using GaN HEMTs is provided to illustrate the robustness of the approach. This design proves effective for further improving the performance of the previously published 2.14/2.655 GHz dual-band parallel DPA. A maximum drain efficiency of 84% and 67% at an average of 43-dBm peak and 6-dB back-off power levels, respectively, were measured with continuous wave signals. To quantify the linearity performance, the proposed DPA was tested using wideband CDMA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) signals where the adjacent channel leakage ratio was recorded at –25 dBc with an average output power of 38.7 and 36.5 dBm at 2.14 and 2.655 GHz, respectively.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques|
|Early online date||13 Dec 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Mar 2017|
Barakat, A., Thian, M., Fusco, V., Bulja, S., & Guan, L. (2017). Towards a More Generalized Doherty Power Amplifier Design for Broadband Operation. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 65(3), 846-859. [10.1109/TMTT.2016.2633261]. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMTT.2016.2633261