Date of Award

6-2010

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Vladimir Prodanov

Abstract

The number of mobile wireless devices on the market has increased substantially over the last decade. The frequency spectrum has become crowded due to the number of devices demanding radio traffic and new modulation schemes have been developed to accommodate the number of users. These new modulation schemes have caused very poor efficiencies in power amplifiers for wireless transmission systems due to high peak-to-average power ratios (PAPR). This thesis first presents the issue with classical power amplifiers in modern modulation systems. A brief overview of current attempts to mitigate this issue is provided. A new RF power amplifier topology is then presented with supporting simulations.

The presented amplifier topology utilizes the concept of negative conductance and load modulation. The amplifier operates in two stages, a low power stage and a high power stage. A negative conductance amplifier is utilized during peak power transmission to modulate the load presented to the input amplifier. This topology is shown to greatly improve the power added efficiency of power amplifiers in systems with high PAPR.