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RF power amplifiers

This chapter covers the fundamentals of designing and testing RF power amplifiers. This differs from some other branches of RF design in that it frequently deals with highly nonlinear circuits. This non-linearity should be borne in mind when using analysis techniques designed for linear systems. The same problem also limits the accuracy of many computer modelling programs. This means that prototyping your designs is essential. With RF power electronics, thermal calculations become very important and this subject is also covered below - but before proceeding further, a word about safety.

Safety hazards to be considered

RF power amplifiers can present several safety hazards which should be borne in mind when designing, ...

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