Low-Bias-Complexity Ku-Band GaN MMIC Doherty Power Amplifier

This paper present a two-stage Doherty power amplifier designed to maximize the efficiency at 6 dB back-off while minimizing the complexity in terms of bias voltages. The amplifier has been manufactured on a GaN-SiC 150nm monolithic microwave integrated circuit technology. The fabricated chip, measured in continuous wave conditions, maintains a linear gain higher than 13 dB, a saturated output power in excess of 34 dBm, with a power-added efficiency higher than 20% both at saturation and at 6 dB output back-off, over the 14.5 GHz–17.25GHz band, favorably comparing with the present state of the art for similar applications.