October 13, 2020
MERL researcher Dr. Rui Ma is invited to give a talk on the latest insights on RF power Amplifier design, which is one of series invited courses organized by IEEE Boston Section.
Dr. Ma is addressing the advancement of digital radio transmitter based on enabling technology of GaN for next generation wireless communications.
This six week lecture series is intended to give a broad overview of state-of-the-art RF PA techniques with practical aspects for working professionals together with students for future RF PA designers, from fundamentals to applications. It begins with a review of RF power amplifier concepts then teaches handset PA design techniques, issues and solutions faced with designing RF PAs for mobile applications. It also discusses high efficiency amplifier structures with different classes of operation, and other architectures. A high linearity techniques lecture with behavioral modelling will follow. GaAs/GaN MMIC level millimeter-wave amplifier design tutorials and techniques will be lectured including foundry/technology selection, loadpull, loadline analysis and simulations with EDA tools. Lastly, digital perspective transmitters will be presented using GaN technology together with FPGA and ASICs.