A high efficiency 10W MMIC PA for K-b and satellite communications

Paolo Colantonio, Rocco Giofrè, Fabio Vitobello, Mariano Lòpez, Lorena Cabrìa
2021 International journal of microwave and wireless technologies  
This paper discusses the design steps and experimental characterization of a monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifier developed for the next generation of K-band 17.3–20.2 GHz very high throughput satellites. The technology used is a commercially available 100-nm gate length gallium nitride on silicon process. The chip was developed taking into account the demanding constraints of the spacecraft and, in particular, carefully considering the thermal constraints of such
more » ... ology, in order to keep the junction temperature in all devices below 160°C in the worst-case condition (i.e., maximum environmental temperature of 85°C). The realized MMIC, based on a three-stage architecture, was first characterized on-wafer in pulsed regime and, subsequently, mounted in a test-jig and characterized under continuous wave operating conditions. In 17.3–20.2 GHz operating bandwidth, the built amplifier provides an output power >40 dBm with a power added efficiency close to 30% (peak >40%) and 22 dB of power gain.
doi:10.1017/s1759078721000398 fatcat:fz35mcc2nzc6xmtwbuzriizwju