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A TCAD Approach to Design a Broadband Power Amplifier
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Semiconductor Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronic Devices. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), P.O. Box 2801, Islamabad, Pakistan.
National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), P.O. Box 2801, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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2010 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) provides an alternate method to study the power amplifier (PA) design prior to fabrication. It is very useful for the extraction of an accurate large signal model. This paper presents a design approach from device to circuit level to study broadband PA performance of RF-LDMOS using computational load-pull (CLP) analysis. To validate the TCAD approach, we have designed a broadband (1.9 - 2.5 GHz) class AB power amplifier. The concept is verified by designing an output broadband matching network at optimum impedance value (Zf) of RF-LDMOS using ADS software. The large signal results verify this concept and RF output power of 30.8 dBm is achieved with comparable gain and efficiency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 9, no 2, 79-86 p.
Keyword [en]
Power amplifier, load-pull, time domain analysis, broadband, LC network, Si-LDMOS
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61598OAI: diva2:370561
Available from: 2010-11-17 Created: 2010-11-17 Last updated: 2010-11-17
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1. Optimization of LDMOS Transistor in Power Amplifiers for Communication Systems
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2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The emergence of new communication standards has put a key challenge for semiconductor industry to develop RF devices that can handle high power and high data rates simultaneously. The RF devices play a key role in the design of power amplifiers (PAs), which is considered as a heart of base-station. From economical point of view, a single wideband RF power module is more desirable rather than multiple narrowband PAs especially for multi-band and multi-mode operation. Therefore, device modeling has now become much more crucial for such applications. In order to reduce the device design cycle time, the researchers also heavily rely on computer aided design (CAD) tools. With improvement in CAD technology the model extraction has become more accurate and device physical structure optimization can be carried out with less number of iterations.

LDMOS devices have been dominating in the communication field since last decade and are still widely used for PA design and development. This thesis deals with the optimization of RFLDMOS transistor and its evaluation in different PA classes, such as linear, switching, wideband and multi-band applications. For accurate evaluation of RF-LDMOS transistor parameters, some techniques are also developed in technology CAD (TCAD) using large signal time domain computational load-pull (CLP) methods.

Initially the RF-LDMOS is studied in TCAD for the improved RF performance. The physical intrinsic structure of RF-LDMOS is provided by Infenion Technologies AG. A reduced surface field (RESURF) of low-doped drain (LDD) region is considered in detail because it plays an important role in RF-LDMOS devices to obtain high breakdown voltage (BVDS). But on the other hand, it also reduces the RF performance due to high on-resistance (Ron). The excess interface state charges at the RESURF region are introduced to reduce the Ron, which not only increases the dc drain current, but also improve the RF performance in terms of power, gain and efficiency. The important achievement is the enhancement in operating frequency up to 4 GHz. In LDD region, the effect of excess interface charges at the RESURF is also compared with dual implanted-layer of p-type and n-type. The comparison revealed that the former provides 43 % reduction in Ron with BVDS of 70 V, while the later provides 26 % reduction in Ron together with BVDS of 64 - 68 V.

In the second part of my research work, computational load pull (CLP) simulation technique is used in TCAD to extract the impedances of RF-LDMOS at different frequencies under large signal operation. Flexible matching is an issue in the design of broadband or multi-band PAs. Optimum impedance of RF-LDMOS is extracted at operating frequencies of 1, 2 and 2.5 GHz in class AB PA. After this, CLP simulation technique is further developed in TCAD to study the non-linear behavior of RF devices. Through modified CLP technique, non-linear effects inside the transistor structure are studied by conventional two-tone RF signals in time domain. This is helpful to detect and understand the phenomena, which can be resolved to improve the device performance. The third order inter-modulation distortion (IMD3) of RF- LDMOS was observed at different power levels. The IMD3 of −22 dBc is obtained at 1-dB compression point (P1-dB), while at 10 dB back off the value increases to −36 dBc. These results were also verified experimentally by fabricating a linear PA. Similarly, CLP technique is developed further for the analysis of RF devices in high efficiency operation by investigating the odd harmonic effects for the design of class-F PA. RF-LDMOS can provide a power added efficiency (PAE) of 81.2 % in class-F PA at 1 GHz in TCAD simulations. The results are verified by design and fabrication of class-F PA using large signal model of the similar device in ADS. In fabrication, a PAE of 76 % is achieved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2010. 64 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1346
RF-LDMOS, power amplifiers, technology CAD, load-pull, non-linear analysis, and switching analysis
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61599 (URN)978-91-7393-294-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-12-03, Plank, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15
Available from: 2010-11-17 Created: 2010-11-17 Last updated: 2010-11-17Bibliographically approved

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