College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Dennis Derickson, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


High efficiency RF power amplifiers are key to the operation of modern wireless systems. From reducing power consumption at base stations to increasing battery life in handsets, high efficiency amplifiers help system designers to meet key performance criteria for their customers. The advent of the Internet of Things and 5G will lead to mass proliferation of battery operated wireless devices, increasing demand for high efficiency systems. In this project, a high efficiency 4W narrowband PA operating at 1GHz is designed, built and tested for the IMS2020 high efficiency power amplifier (HEPA) design competition. Emphasis is placed on achieving maximum power-added efficiency. The resulting amplifier provides 81.5% power added efficiency while delivering 4.8W to a 50 ohm load with 0.25W input power.