A +20dBm highly efficient linear outphasing Class-E PA without AM/AM and AM/PM characterization requirements

Ali Ghahremani, Anne-Johan Annema, Bram Nauta

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    Abstract

    Outphasing Class-E Power Amplifiers (OEPAs) using isolating power combiners and an inverse cosine signal component separator are inherently linear but suffer from low efficiency at power back-off. For high efficiency both at maximum output power and at power back-off, non-isolating power combiners are required. In this work the linearity of OEPAs using nonisolating power combiners is studied theoretically and validated by measurement of a 1.8GHz 20dBm OEPA implemented in a standard 65nm CMOS technology using an off-chip transmissionline based combiner. The developed theoretical model for the linearity is then employed to define digital pre-distortion (DPD) parameters for the implemented OEPA. Using this theory-based DPD and without any AM/AM and AM/PM characterizations, -31dB RMS EVM level and below -30dB ACLR were measured for a 13.1dBm 6.25MHz 30Mbit/s 7dB PAPR 64QAM signal with 41.8% drain efficiency and 33.6% power added efficiency.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number8502839
    Pages (from-to)1149-1153
    Number of pages5
    JournalIEEE transactions on circuits and systems II: express briefs
    Volume66
    Issue number7
    Early online date23 Oct 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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