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An efficient microwave outphasing transmitter based on class-E power amplifiers

Abstract: This article presents two alternative topologies combining lumped and distributed elements for designing class-E power amplifiers (PAs) for the 3.5 GHz frequency band, that differ in their approach to terminating the second harmonic. The first design employs a transmission line with a capacitor to create a short-circuit, while the second design uses a simple stub. The first design outperforms the second one in terms of efficiency enhancement. Accordingly, an outphasing transmitter based on a surface mount hybrid coupler combiner is designed using the first topology, achieving peak value results of 78% drain efficiency and 44.3 dBm output power. At a 6 dB back-off point, the simulation results show that the proposed architecture achieves 67.6% drain efficiency.

 Authorship: Ouadefli M., Tribak A., Et-tolba M., García J.A.,

 Fuente: AEU - International Journal of Electronics and Communications, 2024, 173, 155017

 Publisher: Elsevier, Urban und Fischer

 Publication date: 01/01/2024

 No. of pages: 7

 Publication type: Article

 DOI: 10.1016/j.aeue.2023.155017

 ISSN: 1434-8411,1618-0399

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