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A Multilevel Class-D CMOS Power Amplifier for an Out-Phasing Transmitter with a Nonisolated Power Combiner

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Title
A Multilevel Class-D CMOS Power Amplifier for an Out-Phasing Transmitter with a Nonisolated Power Combiner
Author
Hur, JoonhoiKim, HyoungsooLee, OckgooKim, Kwan-WooBien, FranklinLim, KyutaeLee, Chang HoLaskar, Joy
Keywords
Class-D power amplifier (PA); complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS); linear amplifier with nonlinear components (LINC); nonisolated power combiner; PA
Issue Date
201607
Publisher
IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC
Citation
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS II-EXPRESS BRIEFS, v.63, no.7, pp.618 - 622
Abstract
This brief presents a nonisolated multilevel linear amplifier with nonlinear component (LINC) power amplifier (PA) implemented in a standard 0.18-μm complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor process. Using a nonisolated power combiner, the overall power efficiency is increased by reducing the wasted power at the combined out-phased signal; however, the efficiency at low power still needs to be improved. To further improve the efficiency of the low-power (LP) mode, we propose a multiple-outputpower-level LINC PA, with load modulation implemented by switches. In addition, analysis of the proposed design on the system level as well as the circuit level was performed to optimize its performance. The measurement results demonstrate that the proposed technique maintains more than 45% power-added efficiency (PAE) for peak power at 21 dB for the high-power mode and 17 dBm for the LP mode at 600 MHz. The PAE for a 6-dB peak-to-average ratio orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing modulated signal is higher than 24% PAE in both power modes. To the authors' knowledge, the proposed output-phasing PA is the first implemented multilevel LINC PA that uses quarter-wave lines without multiple power supply sources.
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DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TCSII.2016.2530199
ISSN
1549-7747
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