Highly Efficient Doherty Linear Amplifier with Input Power Allocation Control for Portable Radio

Fumitaka IIZUKA  Tsuyoshi OGINO  Hiroshi SUZUKI  Kazuhiko FUKAWA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E87-C   No.6   pp.915-923
Publication Date: 2004/06/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Analog Circuit and Device Technologies)
mobile communication,  Doherty,  highly efficient amplifier,  linearization,  

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This paper proposes a new configuration of the Doherty amplifier by introducing digital signal processing that realizes a high efficiency over a wide range of output power. The configuration includes two branches; one branch has a class AB amplifier as the carrier amplifier and the other has two class B amplifiers in cascade as the peak amplifier. Each branch is directly controlled by the digital signal processing unit. The unit controls input power allocation to each branch by a method derived from equations characterizing the carrier and the peak constituent amplifiers. The method includes the compensation of the amplifier for degradation due to nonlinearities. The output power of each constituent amplifier is adjusted by drain DC biases. Calculated characteristics agree well with those obtained by the measurement of a fabricated proposed amplifier, whose efficiency is higher than that of the conventional class AB power amplifiers. Furthermore, a simulation for the OFDM signal specified by the radio LAN shows that the amplifier has sufficient linearity, and that the efficiency exceeds 20% at the output of 20 dBm.