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A cascode modulated class-E power amplifier for wireless communications

A cascode modulated class-E power amplifier for wireless communications,10.1016/j.mejo.2010.08.016,Microelectronics Journal,Daniel Sira,Pia Thomsen,To

A cascode modulated class-E power amplifier for wireless communications   (Citations: 1)
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A cascode modulated CMOS class-E power amplifier (PA) is presented in this paper. It is shown that by applying a modulated signal to the gate of the cascode transistor the output power is modulated. The main advantage of the proposed technique is a high 35dB output power dynamic range. The peak power added efficiency (PAE) is 35%. The concept of the cascode power control of class-E RF PA operating at 2.2GHz with 18dBm output power was implemented in a 0.18μm CMOS technology and the performance has been verified by measurements. The prototype CMOS PA is tested by single tone excitation and by enhanced data rates for GSM evolution (EDGE) modulated signal. Digital predistortion is used to linearize the transfer characteristic. The EDGE spectrum mask is met and the rms error vector magnitude (EVM) is less than 4° in the entire output power range.
Journal: Microelectronics Journal , vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 141-147, 2011
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