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SAIEE Africa Research Journal

On-line version ISSN 1991-1696
Print version ISSN 0038-2221


ATCHIKE, Paula Akossiwa; ZBITOU, Jamal; EL OUALKADI, Ahmed  and  DHERBECOURT, Pascal. GaN HEMT Power Amplifier Design for 2.45 GHz Wireless Applications. SAIEE ARJ [online]. 2023, vol.114, n.4, pp.106-113. ISSN 1991-1696.

Electronic devices with high performances like Power Amplifiers (PA) are very important for Wireless communications. This paper proposes a design of a class AB power amplifier operating at 2.45 GHz, in the S-band frequency. The Cree's CG2H40045F GaN HEMT (High Electron Mobility Transistor) is used for this design. The Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology has been chosen in light of its advantageous properties such as high breakdown voltage, high band gap, as well as high thermal conditions. The paper investigates the different design trade-offs for finding a good balance between various key parameters of the PA (linearity, efficiency, and gain). A design approach has been proposed and the microstrip lines based on the Smith Chart tool available in ADS software have been used for the matching process. The class AB was selected to reach a good agreement between linearity and efficiency, provided by this class. After various process applications from DC characterization to simulations, the proposed design achieves a power added efficiency more than 50% at power saturation with a gain of 15 dB in schematic simulation. The layout dimensions are 55.5 x 64.45 mm2 on PCB technology.

Keywords : Class AB; efficiency; gain; GaN; High Frequency; matching; PA.

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