Modified Doherty Transmit Architecture Employing Digital Signal Synthesis for Wideband RF Communication

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0944995
Agency Tracking Number: 0944995
Amount: $106,090.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: IC
Solitcitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
Duns: 103734869
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Deepnarayan Gupta
 (914) 592-1190
Business Contact
 Deepnarayan Gupta
Title: DSc
Phone: (914) 592-1190
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to demonstrate a Radio Frequency (RF) transmitter capable of groundbreaking performance for wireless infrastructure applications. Significant performance gains are expected from three main innovations in this highly-digital transmitter. First, building on the Doherty Power Amplifier (PA), a unique method of optimal digital synthesis of the RF drive signals is proposed; no analog upconversion, power-split and phase adjustment are needed. Digital signals drive a Doherty PA with modified bias, achieving higher efficiency than conventional designs. Second, efficiency and linearity are further improved over wide bandwidth (BW) by predistorting the digitized RF waveform directly. Third, a modular PA implementation is introduced, which is adaptively reconfigured to optimize the overall power efficiency with varying load. The design goals of the proposed work are: wide BW (100MHz), widely programmable carrier frequency (2.3-2.8GHz), high linearity (better than -65dBc), high output power (200W) and excellent average efficiency (>60% at 10dB backoff). Analysis comparing the proposed PA to a conventional design shows average efficiency improvements of over 10% for maximum average power and up to 100% for 6dB backed off average power; the output power and average power gain are enhanced by 11% and 4

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