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Di Falco, Sergio (2012) DESIGN TECHNIQUES FOR HIGH-EFFICIENCY MICROWAVE POWER AMPLIFIERS. PhD Thesis , Università degli studi di Ferrara.

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    The increasingly diffusion of wireless devices during the last years has established a sort of “second youth” of analog electronics related to telecommunication systems. Nowadays, in fact, electronic equipments for wireless communication are exploited not only for niche sectors as strategic applications (e.g., military, satellite and so on): as a matter of fact, a large number of commercial devices exploit wireless transmitting systems operating at RF and microwave frequencies. As a consequence, increasing interest has been focused by academic and industrial communities on RF and microwave circuits and in particular on power amplifiers, that represent the core of a wireless transmitting system. In this context, more and more challenging performance are demanded to such a kind of circuit, especially in terms of output power, bandwidth and efficiency. The present thesis work has been focused on RF and microwave power amplifier design that, as said before, represents one of most actual and attractive research theme. Several aspects of such topic have been covered, from the analysis of different design techniques available in literature to the development of an innovative design approach, providing many experimental results related to realized power amplifiers. Particular emphasis has been given to high-efficiency power amplifier classes of operation, that represent an hot issue in a world more and more devoted to the energy conservation. Moreover, electron device degradation phenomena were investigated, that although not directly accounted for, represent a key issue in microwave power amplifier design. In particular, the first chapter of this thesis provides an overview of commonly adopted design methodologies for microwave power amplifier, analyzing the advantages and the critical aspects of such approaches. Moreover, nonlinear device modeling issues oriented to microwave power amplifier design have been dealt with. In the second chapter, an innovative design technique is presented. It is based on experimental electron device nonlinear characterization, carried out by means of a low-frequency large signal measurement setup, in conjunction with the modeling of high-frequency nonlinear dynamic phenomena. Several design examples have been carried out by exploiting the proposed approach that confirm the effectiveness of the design technique. In the third chapter, the proposed design methodology has been applied to high-efficiency power amplifier classes of operations, that need to control the device terminations not only at the fundamental frequency, but also at harmonics. Two high-efficiency power amplifiers have been realized by adopting such a technique, demonstrating performance in terms of output power and efficiency comparable with the state of the art. Finally, in chapter four an important power amplifier design aspect has been dealt with, related to degradation and performance limitation of microwave electron devices. Several experimental results have been carried out by exploiting a new measurement setup, oriented to the characterization of degradation phenomena of microwave electron devices.

    Item Type:Thesis (PhD Thesis)
    Date:2 April 2012
    Tutor:Vannini, Giorgio
    Coordinator:Trillo, Stefano
    Institution:Università degli studi di Ferrara
    Divisions:Dipartimento > Ingegneria
    Subjects:Area 09 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione > ING-INF/01 Elettronica
    Uncontrolled Keywords:design methodology, microwave amplifiers, power amplifiers, waveform engineering, high-efficiency, reliability
    Deposited on:22 Feb 2013 13:02


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