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Introduction to RF Power Amplifier Design and Simulation

1st Edition

By Abdullah Eroglu

CRC Press

449 pages | 406 B/W Illus.

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Introduction to RF Power Amplifier Design and Simulation fills a gap in the existing literature by providing step-by-step guidance for the design of radio frequency (RF) power amplifiers, from analytical formulation to simulation, implementation, and measurement. Featuring numerous illustrations and examples of real-world engineering applications, this book:

  • Gives an overview of intermodulation and elaborates on the difference between linear and nonlinear amplifiers
  • Describes the high-frequency model and transient characteristics of metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors
  • Details active device modeling techniques for transistors and parasitic extraction methods for active devices
  • Explores network and scattering parameters, resonators, matching networks, and tools such as the Smith chart
  • Covers power-sensing devices including four-port directional couplers and new types of reflectometers
  • Presents RF filter designs for power amplifiers as well as application examples of special filter types
  • Demonstrates the use of computer-aided design (CAD) tools, implementing systematic design techniques

Blending theory with practice, Introduction to RF Power Amplifier Design and Simulation supplies engineers, researchers, and RF/microwave engineering students with a valuable resource for the creation of efficient, better-performing, low-profile, high-power RF amplifiers.


"Modern curriculum developments over the last decade, has tended towards favoring digital aspects of RF engineering, with the result that the difficult area of RF analog design has suffered subsequently. This book addresses this issue very clearly by using many design examples making a difficult subject much more accessible to students and professionals alike."

—Paul Tobin, Dublin Institute of Technology

"A very comprehensive treatment with an excellent use of examples to explain the workings and theory of RF amplifiers."

—Tony Harris, Electronics & Innovation, Ltd.

"The author has many years of experience working in the RF industry as well as teaching the RF courses at IUPU Fort Wayne. This book is a culmination of his extensive work in the RF Power Amplifier. The book blends the theory with practice very well and presents the challenging subject in a clear and understandable manner. The treatment of the RF systems in this book makes it well suited to be the textbook for senior undergraduate or beginning graduate courses in RF Systems. It is also an excellent resource for practicing engineers."

—Jay K. Lee, Syracuse University, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, New York

"The book is truly written for the RF power amplifier designer and students alike. The content is just at the right level, and the examples are very helpful and easy to apply to practical design work. The color graphs, charts, and pictures are excellent."

IEEE Microwave Magazine, May 2016

Table of Contents

Radio Frequency Amplifier Basics


RF Amplifier Terminology

Small-Signal vs. Large-Signal Characteristics

RF Amplifier Classifications

High-Power RF Amplifier Design Techniques

RF Power Transistors

CAD Tools in RF Amplifier Design


Radio Frequency Power Transistors


High-Frequency Model for MOSFETs

Use of Simulation to Obtain Internal Capacitances of MOSFETs

Transient Characteristics of MOSFET

Losses for MOSFET

Thermal Characteristics of MOSFETs

Safe Operating Area for MOSFETs

MOSFET Gate Threshold and Plateau Voltage


Transistor Modeling and Simulation


Network Parameters

Network Connections

S-Scattering Parameters

Measurement of S Parameters

Chain Scattering Parameters

Systemizing RF Amplifier Design by Network Analysis

Extraction of Parasitics for MOSFET Devices


Resonator Networks for Amplifiers


Parallel and Series Resonant Networks

Practical Resonances with Loss, Loading, and Coupling Effects

Coupling of Resonators

Resonators as Impedance Transformers

Tapped Resonators as Impedance Transformers


Impedance Matching Networks


Transmission Lines

Smith Chart

Impedance Matching between Transmission Lines and Load Impedances

Single-Stub Tuning

Impedance Transformation and Matching between Source and Load Impedances

Signal Flow Graphs


Couplers, Multistate Reflectometers, and RF Power Sensors for Amplifiers


Directional Couplers

Multistate Reflectometers

RF Power Sensors


Filter Design for RF Power Amplifiers


Filter Design by Insertion Loss Method

Stepped-Impedance LPFs

Stepped-Impedance Resonator BPFs

Edge/Parallel-Coupled, Half-Wavelength Resonator Bandpass Filters

End-Coupled, Capacitive Gap, Half-Wavelength Resonator BPFs


Computer Aided Design Tools for Amplifier Design and Implementation


Passive Component Design and Modeling with CAD–Combiners

Active Component Design and Modeling with CAD


About the Author

Abdullah Eroglu is a professor of electrical engineering at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), USA. He previously worked as a radio frequency (RF) senior design engineer at MKS Instruments, ENI Products, Rochester, New York, USA, and as a faculty fellow in the Fusion Energy Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA. He holds a M.Sc and Ph.D in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, New York, USA, and is a recipient of the 2013 IPFW Outstanding Researcher Award; 2012 IPFW Featured Faculty Award; 2011 Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year Award; 2010 IPFW College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) Excellence in Research Award; and 2004 Syracuse University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Dr. Eroglu is the author of four books and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He also serves as a reviewer and editorial board member for several journals.

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications