Highly Efficient Class-G Supply-Modulated Amplifier with 75 MHz Modulation Bandwidth for 1.8-1.9 GHz LTE FDD Applications

N. Wolff, W. Heinrich and O. Bengtsson

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IEEE MTT-S Int. Microw. Symp. Dig., Honolulu, USA, Jun. 4-9, pp. 1842-1845 (2017).

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This paper presents a broadband and highly efficient class-G supply modulated amplifier system. The system covers the full LTE band 1805-1880 MHz. The core element is the class-G supply modulator which switches the supply voltage of the RF power amplifier between three discrete levels with a minimum pulse duration of 2.5 ns. Measurement results are presented for a carrier aggregated signal using five subcarriers with modulation bandwidths from 5 MHz to 20 MHz each. In combination with digital predistortion the system achieves 38.5% PAE with -41 dB EVM and -45 dB ACLR for a 75 MHz multicarrier signal with a PAPR of 10.4 dB at 38.5 dBm average output power. The total efficiency enhancement achieved by the class-G modulation is 13 percentage points.

Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, 12489 Berlin, Germany

Index Terms:

Class-G supply modulation, envelope tracking, power amplifiers, 5G mobile communication.