Besser Course: RF Power Amplifier Design Techniques

Oct 18, 2017 to Oct 20, 2017
Event location: 
San Jose, CA

Power amplifiers (PAs) are crucially important in determining a communications system's cost, efficiency, size, and weight. Designing high-power/high-efficiency PAs that satisfy system requirements such as bandwidth, linearity, spectral mask, and more is challenging. It involves difficult tradeoffs, a proper understanding of the theory, and careful attention to details. Additionally, designing, building, and testing PAs usually pushes test equipment and lab components to their limits and frequently results in damage to the circuit or lab equipment. This course will examine the different aspects of PA design challenges, with emphasis on hand-on exercises and practical tips to build PAs successfully. Special attention will be given to GaN PAs. The differences between GaN pHEMT, Si LDMOS, GaAs MESFETs, and SiGe will be discussed.

Upon completing the course, participants will:

  • Understand the advantages and limitations of various technologies
  • Understand the pros and cons of various PA class operations
  • Know how to characterize devices for PA design
  • Gain design know-how of high efficiency PAs
  • Gain practical knowledge on the design of linear PAs
  • Calculate the lifetime of PAs in packaged and unpackaged assemblies

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Course Equipment/Hardware:

  • It is preferred that you bring your own laptop. 
  • Special note: 64-bit PCs are required to run the software. 
  • Software, licenses, and required training materials will be provided during the class.