Co-Design of Multi-Band High-Efficiency Power Amplifier and Three-Pole High-Q Tunable Filter

Kenle Chen, Purdue University
Tsung-Chieh Lee, Purdue University
Dimitrios Peroulis, Purdue University, Birck Nanotechnology Center

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This letter reports a novel methodology for co-design of broadband power amplifiers (PAs) and high-Q tunable filters. It is for the first time demonstrated that the tunable filter's input port can be synthesized to directly match the transistor's output, thus eliminating the conventional broadband/ band-reconfigurable matching network of the PA. This leads to minimized circuit size, volume, and loss. In this letter, a three-pole tunable bandpass filter is designed as the output matching network of a 10 W GaN PA, yielding optimal fundamental and harmonic impedances. Simulation and measured results show that the co-designed PA-filter module exhibits desired Chybeshev filter behavior while achieving efficient PA performance in the passband over a 400-MHz tuning range from 2.95-3.35 GHz. Specifically, 51%-67% efficiency, approximate to 10 W output power, approximate to 10 dB gain were measured throughout the entire frequency range.


Nanoscience and Nanotechnology