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Semiconductors / Integrated Circuits

An Aircraft Single-antenna FM Radio Altimeter

Advantages of a frequency modulated single-antenna radio altimeter, including lower cost and weight, improved accuracy and higher altitude range
As is well known, there are two general types of altimeter systems - a pulse radar altimeter and a frequency modulated, continuous wave (FM-CW) radio altimeter. Aircraft radio altimeters typically operate at altitudes from 0 to 8000 feet utilizing separate antennas for transmit and receive. Such radio altimeters have...
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Design and Operation of Automatic Gain Control Loops for Receivers in Modern Communications Systems

This article is intended to provide insight into the effective operation of variable gain amplifiers (VGA) in automatic gain control (AGC) applications.
This article is intended to provide insight into the effective operation of variable gain amplifiers (VGA) in automatic gain control (AGC) applications. Figure 1 is a general block diagram for an AGC loop. The input signal passes through the VGA to produce the output level to be stabilized. The...
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An Adaptive Feedforward Amplifier for WCDMA Base Stations Using Imperfect Signal Cancellation

This article describes a new adaptive feedforward amplifier for a WCDMA system using an imperfect signal cancellation. Due to the complicated signal statistics, the distortion generated by the error amplifier is significantly reduced by an imperfect si...
As wireless systems evolve from second- to third- or fourth-generation, the linearity, efficiency and bandwidth requirements for power amplifiers become more stringent. Many techniques, including feedforward, envelope feedback and manifold types of predistorters, have been employed to effectively satisfy these performance requirements and to reduce the production costs for...
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Design of a Predistorter Controlling Individual Orders of Intermodulation Using a New Harmonic Generator

A new type of predistortion linearizer is presented which uses individual orders of intermodulation to linearize a power amplifier. This new predistortion linearizer has two harmonic generators, each consisting of four diodes biased independently. Sinc...
In multi-carrier power amplifiers, a feedforward technique is generally adopted due to its extremely linear and broadband characteristics. 1 However, the feedforward technique requires large circuits and is expensive because of its complexity. It uses two cancellation paths, and delay lines are inserted in each path to adjust the...
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A Novel Adaptive Feedforward Amplifier Using an Analog Controller

A novel adaptive design for a feedforward amplifier linearizer with an analog controller is proposed in this article. Compared with previous adaptive linearizing methods, this new design does not require any pilot signal or intentional signal distortio...
For the third-generation (3G) mobile radio standards, a very high linearity transmitter that can support high crest factor signals is necessary. High linearity and high efficiency are critical issues in amplifier design. In fact, as the power amplifier operates close to the saturation region where both high efficiency and...
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A Voltage-controlled PIN Diode Attenuator Using an Accurate PIN Diode Model

This article presents a voltage-controlled PIN diode attenuator using an accurate PIN diode model that can precisely simulate the attenuation characteristics. After carefully investigating the problems with conventional PIN diode models, an accurate PI...
PIN diodes have been widely used in a variety of microwave and RF applications, including antenna switches, phase shifters and attenuators. PIN diode attenuators are used extensively in automatic gain control (AGC) and RF leveling applications. Most PIN diode attenuators control the attenuation characteristics through the forward bias current....
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Enterprise Software for RF Device Characterization

In today's competitive marketplace the characterization of RF semiconductor devices for modeling, design, applications and process improvement must be faster, more efficient, and more repeatable and accurate as companies strive to improve their product performance, design productivity and time to market. However, help is on hand with the Wavevue...
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RF Closure Shortens the Product Development Process

Applied Wave Research Inc. (AWR™) has focused on an engineering effort to eliminate uncertainty in the high frequency design process by closing gaps in existing design methodologies and strengthening the links between system specifications and circuit performance, electrical design and physical layout, and computer simulation and RF measurements. This...
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Ultra Linear Bandpass Filters

A new product line of ultra linear bandpass filters has been introduced that utilize patent pending cross coupling to reduce time delay and phase distortion up to 90 percent. The filters typically utilize a 12-section filter with two inductive and two capacitive non-adjacent couplings to equalize and flatten the...
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