High performance SiGe HBT power unit-cell for S-Band open collector adaptive bias power amplifier design

Hwann Kaeo Chiou, Ping Chun Yeh, Kuei Cheng Lin

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Abstract

A SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) power unit-cell for S-Band high efficiency linear power amplifier with an open collector adaptive bias linearizer was designed and fabricated in this paper. The unit-cell was investigated in both electrical and thermal performances and 34 unit-cells were then combined as a power device for output stage. An adaptive linearizer for the output stage was constructed with an open collector HBT bias circuit and improved the power gain (Gp), output 1 dB compressed power (OP1 dB), power added efficiency (PAE), and output third-order intermodulation point (OIP3) when compared to those of traditional adaptive bias circuit. The measured power amplifier achieved a Gp of 13 dB, an OP1 dB of 22 dBm with a PAE of 28.6%, and an OIP3 of 31.4 dBm. Compared to traditional adaptive bias technique, the proposed linear power amplifier improved the output power of 2 dB, PAE (at P1 dB) of 8.6% and OIP3 of 3.4 dB. The fabricated die size, including pads, is less than 1.44 mm2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalSolid-State Electronics
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008

Keywords

  • Adaptive bias
  • Linearity
  • Output third-order intermodulation
  • Power added efficiency
  • Power amplifier
  • Power unit-cell
  • SiGe HBTs

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