RF Power Amplifier Characterization for Design and Performance Optimization

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The design of RF PAs is a well-researched subject. There is a significant amount of contributions that range from active device manufacturing and modelling to the optimisation of complete transmitter systems that require digital and analogue engineering skills.

This talk will cover the very fundamental principles of a simple PA design which are essential to understand to be able to perform research and innovate in this field. Then, some PA architectures that perform in an efficient manner will be discussed and the methodology to optimise them will be explained in a simplified way. Finally, the talk will cover a couple linearisation techniques to compensate for PAs distortions and the challenges that an engineer/researcher would face to tackle the problem.



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  • Date: 26 Jan 2022
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • All times are (GMT-07:00) Canada/Mountain
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  • Starts 14 January 2022 11:00 AM
  • Ends 26 January 2022 10:30 AM
  • All times are (GMT-07:00) Canada/Mountain
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Dr. Souheil Ben Smida of Heriot-Watt University

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RF Power Amplifier Characterization for Design and Performance Optimization

The design of RF PAs is a well-researched subject. There is a significant amount of contributions that range from active device manufacturing and modelling to the optimisation of complete transmitter systems that require digital and analogue engineering skills.

This talk will cover the very fundamental principles of a simple PA design which are essential to understand to be able to perform research and innovate in this field. Then, some PA architectures that perform in an efficient manner will be discussed and the methodology to optimise them will be explained in a simplified way. Finally, the talk will cover a couple linearisation techniques to compensate for PAs distortions and the challenges that an engineer/researcher would face to tackle the problem.

Biography:

Dr. Souheil Ben Smida is Associate professor at the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems, Heriot-Watt University. His research focuses on the optimisation of wireless transmitters to achieve high reliability and data rates in future wireless communication systems, Organic electronics applied to RF systems, and Radar-based remote vital signals monitoring. RF instrumentation applied to power amplifiers is his favourite research field.

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Address:Earl Mountbatten Building 2.27, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH14 4AS