A combined class-AB and a Doherty power amplifier conceived for microwave backhaul in the 7 GHz frequency band are here presented and compared. They are fabricated in the same GaN monolithic process and have identical total active device periphery. For the given application, the linearity-efficiency trade-off for the two architectures is discussed. The two modules have been thoroughly characterized in linear and non-linear continuous wave conditions. Then, to evaluate linearity under the actual operative conditions, a system level characterization has been carried out, applying a modulated input signal and comparing the spectral responses of the two amplifiers with and without digital predistortion. A saturated output power of 40 dBm has been achieved by both circuits. At 6 dB of output back-off, the Doherty amplifier shows an efficiency of 33%, 10 points higher than that of the class-AB module. On the other hand, system level measurements show that, adopting the same predistorter complexity to comply with the reference standard emission masks, the Doherty amplifier needs at least 1 dB of extra back-off. This negatively affects its efficiency, therefore reducing the advantages it can claim with respect to the class-AB amplifier in continuous wave condition.
A comprehensive comparison between GaN MMIC Doherty and combined class-AB power amplifiers for microwave radio links / Giofrè, Rocco; Colantonio, Paolo; Giannini, Franco; Ramella, Chiara; Camarchia, Vittorio; Iqbal, Mustazar; Pirola, Marco; Quaglia, Roberto. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MICROWAVE AND WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES. - ISSN 1759-0787. - STAMPA. - 8:4-5(2016), pp. 673-681. [10.1017/S175907871600012X]
|Titolo:||A comprehensive comparison between GaN MMIC Doherty and combined class-AB power amplifiers for microwave radio links|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S175907871600012X|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|