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RF Front-End: World Class Designs by Janine Love

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Chapter 7. Basics of PA Design

This chapter was originally published as an introductory chapter in a book on switch mode power amplifiers. I selected it for this text because it offers a great treatment of the basic principles of power amplifier design and operation. It offers models for a MOSFET, MESFET, HEMT, BJT and HBT. Other useful topics covered include push-pull amplifiers, maximum power gain, and parasitic effects.—Janine Sullivan Love

This introductory chapter presents the basic principles for understanding the power-amplifier’s design procedures in principle. Based on the spectral-domain analysis, the concept of a conduction angle is introduced, by which the basic classes A, AB, B, and C of the power-amplifier operation are analyzed ...

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