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Project: Switching Mode Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications

Acronym: SWIPA
Main Objective:
The main objective of this project is to study the feasibility of incorporating digital techniques in wireless power amplifiers. For that, it will address both the system level concepts of transmitter architectures as the Polar and Cartesian; and the implementation level of switching RF power amplifiers.

So, this objective can be decomposed into:
1. Investigate non-conventional wireless power amplifier and transmitter architectures that can bypass the traditional compromise between PAE, efficient spectral usage and linearity.
2. Identify the practical limits of bias-modulated digital power amplifiers in Cartesian and Polar transmitters in terms of:
(i) Requirements imposed on the RF power devices by bias-modulated switching operation;
(ii) Parasitic AM-to-PM modulation;
(iii) Class-D AM amplifier bandwidth;
(iv) Zero bias RF carrier leakage (zero-AM off-set);
(v) AM envelope modulation linearity;
(vi) Time-delay mismatch between the AM and PM modulation paths.
Reference: P423
Funding: IT/LA
Start Date: 01-11-2008
End Date: 01-11-2010
Team: Pedro Miguel da Silva Cabral, José Carlos Esteves Duarte Pedro, João Manuel Torres Caldinhas Simões Vaz, Pedro Nuno Mendonça dos Santos
Groups: Radio Systems – Av, Radio Systems – Av, Antennas and Propagation – Lx, Antennas and Propagation – Lx
Local Coordinator: Pedro Miguel da Silva Cabral
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