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Architecture d'amplificateur de puissance linéaire et à haut rendement en technologie GaN de type Doherty numérique

Abstract : The high capabilities of current and future 5G communication satellite links lead the processed signals in the payloads to simultaneously exhibit large amplitude variations (PAPR>10dB) and wide instantaneous bandwidths (BW>1GHz). Within the microwave transmission subsystem, the operation of the power amplification stage is highly constrained by the transmitted waveforms, it is one of the most energy-consuming module of the payload affecting as well the integrity of the transmitted signal. In this context, the functions dedicated to digital signal processing and currently implemented by the digital processor (such as filtering, channeling, and possibly the demodulation and regeneration of baseband signals) embedded in the payloads, represent a potential solution that would reduce the constraints reported on the power amplification function and help to manage the allocated power ressource. This work proposes a study on the capability of dual input power amplifier architectures in order to manage the efficiency-linearity trade-off over a wide bandwidth. This study is carried out on a 20W GaN Doherty demonstrator operating in C band. The combination of the output signals on the RF load is managed by an optimal amplitude and phase distribution that is digitally controlled at the input. Firstly, a wideband design methodology of Doherty amplifier is introduced and validated on a C band demonstrator. In a second time the experimental tool allowing the extraction of amplitude and phase input distributions is presented, the dual input characterization is achieved and compared with simulation results. Finally, in perspective of this work, a preliminary study of the capabilities of the digital Doherty for the management of an output load mismatch (VSWR management) is carried out and the results are put forward.
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Alexis Courty. Architecture d'amplificateur de puissance linéaire et à haut rendement en technologie GaN de type Doherty numérique. Electronique. Université de Limoges, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019LIMO0067⟩. ⟨tel-02405606⟩

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