A design methodology for efficiency improvement of CMOS class-E power amplifiers

Wen An Tsou, Che Sheng Chen, Chun Kai Wang, Kuei-Ann Wen

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Abstract

This paper presents an analysis on efficiency improvement of class-E power amplifiers (PAs) with Microelectrome chanical systems (MEMS) inductors. The efficiency can be improved and has been demonstrated by using MEMS inductors. The proposed MEMS technology is validated by a prototype MEMS inductor. Also, the simulation result of MEMS inductors by HFSS have good match with the measured result. The stacked-metal layer inductors implemented in MEMS process are developed for increasing the quality factor. The simulation result of a CMOS class-E PA with MEMS inductors shows that the increased quality factor of inductors by 2 can improve the drain efficiency by 6%. Therefore, we present a design methodology that can improve the efficiency of PAs by optimizing the quality factor of fully integrated inductors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 International Conference on Microwave Technology and Computational Electromagnetics, ICMTCE 2009
Pages253-256
Number of pages4
Edition557 CP
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event2009 International Conference on Microwave Technology and Computational Electromagnetics, ICMTCE 2009 - Beijing, China
Duration: 3 Nov 20096 Nov 2009

Publication series

NameIET Conference Publications
Number557 CP
Volume2009

Conference

Conference2009 International Conference on Microwave Technology and Computational Electromagnetics, ICMTCE 2009
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period3/11/096/11/09

Keywords

  • MEMS inductors
  • Power amplifiers
  • Power efficiency
  • Quality factor

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