Design and analysis of monolithic triple-stacked power amplifiers using GaAs HBT-HEMT process

Chih Chun Shen, Wei Cheng Chen, Hong Yeh Chang

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Abstract

This paper describes design and analysis of monolithic triple-stacked power amplifiers (PAs) in 2-µm / 0.5-µm GaAs HBT-HEMT process. The proposed PAs are designed using both heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) and high electron-mobility transistor (HEMT). Based on a common-emitter (CE) configuration of HBT with stacked common-gate (CG) configuration of HEMTs or stacked common-base (CB) configuration of HBT as the third-stacked transistor, better power performances with good PAEs can be achieved as compared with the CE or common-source (CS) amplifier due to high output stacking impedance. The bandwidth with HEMT/CG configuration as the third-stacked transistor is investigated. The proposed stacked PAs demonstrate a maximum output powers of 31.7 dBm, a compact chip size of within 1.6 × 1 mm2, and a maximum power added efficiency (PAE) of 38.3% at 5 GHz.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20200172
JournalIEICE Electronics Express
Volume17
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • GaAs
  • Heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT)
  • High electron-mobility transistor (HEMT)
  • Microwave circuits
  • Monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC)
  • Power amplifier (PA)

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