Supply Modulation Behavior of a Doherty Power Amplifier
Dan Fishler, Zoya Popovic, Taylor Barton
This paper presents a study of supply modulation in a Doherty power amplifier (DPA). To validate a simplified theoretical model, a 3.5 GHz conventional symmetrical DPA using a 6-W packaged GaN pHEMT is designed for supply modulation of the main and/or auxiliary amplifiers. The DPA is characterized in CW operation over a range of supply voltages, and shows up to 15 percentage point efficiency improvement at 12 dB output back-off when both main and auxiliary amplifiers are varied simultaneously. A comparison of three cases of supply variation is shown and potential benefits for improving back-off efficiency are discussed.
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