IMS 2013 MicroApps - Design Methodology for GaAs MMIC PA

  • Author: Dustin Hoekstra and Jim Carroll

This presentation showcases the design of a high power, two stage, 1 Watt, X-band MMIC amplifier using one of the more common design methodologies in use today, the Cripps linear power estimation method. The design is carried out in AWR's Microwave Office® software, which has a number of useful features for aiding in the design and layout of the circuit, including advanced control of the schematic and layout, EM simulation of large portions of the matching networks, and connectivity checking and net highlighting.