Broadband Performance Assessment of an RF Power Transistor Employing the Real Frequency Technique
preprintposted on 12.01.2022, 20:50 authored by siddik yarmansiddik yarman
selected active device is essential to design an RF power amplifier for optimum gain and power added efficiency. As they are obtained, these impedances may not be realizable network functions over the desired frequency band to yield the input and the output matching networks for the amplifier. Therefore, in this paper, first, we introduce a new method to test if a given impedance is realizable. Then, a novel “Real Frequency Line Segment Technique” based numerical procedure is introduced to assess the gain-bandwidth limitations of the given source and load impedances, which in turn results in the ultimate RF-power intake/ delivering performance of the amplifier. During the numerical performance assessments process, a robust tool called “Virtual Gain Optimization” is presented. Finally, a new definition called “Power-Performance-Product” is introduced to measure the quality of an active device. Examples are presented to test the realizability of the given source/load pull data and to assess the gain-bandwidth limitations of the given source/load pull impedances for a 45W-GaN power transistor, namely “Cree CG2H40045”, over 0.8 -3.8 GHz bandwidth.