A wideband Doherty-like architecture using a Klopfenstein taper for load modulation
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A novel Doherty-like power amplifier (DPA) has been fabricated using 15 W, 2.7 GHz, GaN HEMT transistors. The quarter-wave transformer used in the classical DPA topology is replaced by a matching network including a Klopfenstein taper. From a practical prototype realization, this modification has demonstrated that the resulting DPA bandwidth (BW) is increased in comparison with the conventional topology while keeping the efficiency figures. Moreover, this design allows an easy tuning of the group delay through the output reactance of the taper, resulting in a more straightforward adjustments than other recently-published designs where the quarter-wave transformer is replaced by multi-section transmission lines (hybrid or similar). Experimental results have shown an average efficiency of 47.2% for the HSPA+ modulation centered at 2.25GHz.
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CitationBertran, E., Mehran , Y. A wideband Doherty-like architecture using a Klopfenstein taper for load modulation. "IEEE microwave and wireless components letters", 02 Novembre 2015, vol. 25, núm. 11, p. 760-762.