Welcome To UTPedia

We would like to introduce you, the new knowledge repository product called UTPedia. The UTP Electronic and Digital Intellectual Asset. It stores digitized version of thesis, dissertation, final year project reports and past year examination questions.

Browse content of UTPedia using Year, Subject, Department and Author and Search for required document using Searching facilities included in UTPedia. UTPedia with full text are accessible for all registered users, whereas only the physical information and metadata can be retrieved by public users. UTPedia collaborating and connecting peoples with university’s intellectual works from anywhere.

Disclaimer - Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by the usage of any information obtained from this web site.Best viewed using Mozilla Firefox 3 or IE 7 with resolution 1024 x 768.

DESIGN OF A GAAS DISTRIBUTED AMPLIFIER WITH LC TRAPS BASED BROADBAND LINEARIZATION

KOH, KOH MINGHAO (2010) DESIGN OF A GAAS DISTRIBUTED AMPLIFIER WITH LC TRAPS BASED BROADBAND LINEARIZATION. Masters thesis, UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI PETRONAS.

[img]
Preview
PDF
Download (7Mb) | Preview

Abstract

Increasing the linearity of power amplifiers has been an important area of research because its signal integrity influences the performance of the entire transreceiver system and there are strict regulatory requirements on them. Due to the nonlinear behaviour of power amplifiers, third order intermodulation products are generated close to the desired signals and cannot be removed by filters. Increasing linearity will help bring these distortion products closer to the noise floor. However, it is not an easy task to increase linearity without trading off output power. To maintain the same level of output power generated but with higher linearity, many techniques, each with its own pros and cons, have been implemented to linearize an amplifier. Techniques involving feedback are seriously limited in terms of modulation bandwidth whereas methods such as predistortion and feedforward are very difficult to implement. This project seeks to use a simple method of placing terminations directly to the distributed amplifier (DA), making it a device level linearization technique and can be used in addition to the other system level techniques mentioned earlier. To increase linearity over a broad bandwidth of 0.5 to 3.0 GHz, this work proposes using low impedance terminations (LC traps) at the envelope frequency to the input and output of several distributed amplifiers. This research is novel since this is the first time broadband improvement in linearity has been demonstrated using the LC trap method. Two design iterations were completed (first design iteration has four variants to test the output trap while the second design iteration has three variants to test the input trap). The low impedance terminations are implemented using inductor-capacitor networks that are external to the monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC). Design and layout of the DAs were carried out using Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS). Results show that placing the traps at the output of the DA does not truly affect the linearity of the device at lower frequencies but provide an improvement of 1.6 dB and 3.4 dB to the third-order output intercept point (OIP3) at 2.5 GHz and 3.0 GHz, respectively. With traps at the input, measurement results at -5 dBm input power, viii 1.375 V base bias (61 mA total collector current) and 10 MHz two tone spacing show a broadband improvement throughout the band (0.5 GHz to 3.0 GHz) of 3.3 dB to 7.4 dB in OIP3. Furthermore, the OIP3 is increased to 19.2 dB above P1dB. Results show that the improvement in OIP3 comes without lowering gain, return loss or P1dB and without causing any stability problems.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subject: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Engineering > Electrical and Electronic
Depositing User: Users 5 not found.
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2012 08:29
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:43
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/2853

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...