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    Class-E Power Amplifiers in Modern RF Transmitters

    Afanasyev, Pavel (2021) Class-E Power Amplifiers in Modern RF Transmitters. PhD thesis, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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    Power amplifiers have been playing a vital role in most wireless communication systems. In order to improve efficiency of wireless systems, advanced transmitter architectures, such as Doherty amplifiers, outphasing amplifiers, supply voltage modulation techniques are widely used. The goal of this work is to develop novel techniques for building load modulation transmitters based on class-E power amplifiers. The first contribution is an analytical model for derivation load network parameters. The proposed model derives the parameters for both the peak and back-off power levels providing high efficiency. The proposed model demonstrates, that class-E PA with shunt capacitance and shunt filter is capable of providing high drain efficiency for back-off output power levels. The second contribution is a design of a wideband class-E power amplifier (PA) with shunt capacitance and shunt filter. The broadband operation has been achieved by application of the double reactance compensation technique. Simulated and experimental results are presented. The performance of the fabricated PA is compared with existing wideband PAs. The third contribution is application of the proposed technique to outphasing PA design. The designed outphasing PA was optimized, fabricated and tested. A possibility to extend the operational bandwidth of the PA is considered. Also the application of the proposed technique to Doherty PA design is demonstrated. The fourth contribution is linearization of outphasing PA. Firstly, an analytical model describing the nonlinearity of nonisolated combiners under amplitude imbalance is presented. Secondly, a novel phase-only predistortion technique for class-E outphasing PAs is proposed. Thirdly, linearization of the fabricated outphasing PA based on memory polynomial model is demonstrated using a 64QAM OFDM modulated signal with 20 MHz bandwidth. Overall, this work provides novel techniques for load modulation transmitter design based on class-E power amplifiers with shunt capacitance and shunt filter.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Keywords: Class-E Power Amplifiers; Modern RF Transmitters;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Item ID: 14878
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 15:02
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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