Wolfspeed CGH40180PP 180-W RF Power GaN HEMT
180-W RF Power GaN HEMT
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Wolfspeed’s CGH40180PP is an unmatched; gallium-nitride (GaN) high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT). The CGH40180PP; operating from a 28-volt rail; offers a general-purpose; broadband solution to a variety of RF and microwave applications. GaN HEMTs offer high efficiency; high gain and wide bandwidth capabilities; making the CGH40180PP ideal for linear and compressed amplifier circuits. The transistor is available in a 4-lead flange package.

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GaN on SiC
3 GHz
180 W
>15 dB
28 V
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GaN on SiC
1.1 GHz
1.3 GHz
180 W
>15 dB
28 V
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  • Up to 2.5 GHz Operation
  • 20 dB Small Signal Gain at 1.0 GHz
  • 15 dB Small Signal Gain at 2.0 GHz
  • 220 W typical PSAT
  • 70 % Efficiency at PSAT
  • 28 V Operation
  • 2-Way Private Radio
  • Broadband Amplifiers
  • Cellular Infrastructure
  • Test Instrumentation
  • Class A; AB; Linear amplifiers suitable for OFDM; W-CDMA; EDGE; CDMA waveforms
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by Raymond S. Pengelly – William Pribble – Thomas Smith
This Simulation of power amplifiers (PAs) for modern wireless base station and small cell systems is an essential part of the design process. At a cell site – the PA consumes the bulk of the dc power – generates the most heat – and thus represents the greatest operational cost. Maximum PA efficiency is a necessity to manage these costs – which is a sizeable challenge in a PA that also must be highly linear to support the complex multilevel modulation types and wide bandwidths used for current and developing wireless transmission standards. Accurate simulation allows the PA designer to meet these challenges by exploring the available design options and then optimizing the circuit that is selected for the application.
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by Raymond S. Pengelly – Simon M. Wood – James W. Milligan – Scott T. Sheppard – and William L. Pribble
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by Raymond S. Pengelly – Brad Millon – Donald Farrell – Bill Pribble – and Simon Wood
Presentation from the 2008 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) Workshop on Challenges in Model-Based HPA DesignThis presentation discusses attributes of GaN HEMTs – Wolfspeed GaN HEMT models – design examples (Broadband CW Amplifiers and Linear WiMAX Amplifier) – and future model improvements.
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by Francisco Javier Ortega-Gonzalez – David Tena-Ramos – Moises Patino-Gomez – Jose Manuel Pardo-Martin – Diego Madueno-Pulido – This paper presents a high-power – high-efficiency wideband suboptimum Class-E RF power amplifier based on a packaged high-power GaN HEMT. It uses a simple double-reactance compensation and impedance transformation load network that includes device intrinsic capacitance – package parasitics – low-loss microstrip transmission lines – and lumped components. This load network makes the GaN HEMT operate in suboptimum Class-E from 900 to 1500 MHz (50% fractional bandwidth at 1200 MHz).
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by Donald A. Gajewski – Scott Sheppard – Simon Wood – Jeff B. Barner – Jim Milligan – and John Palmour.
This paper discusses the reliability performance of Wolfspeed GaN/AlGaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) MMIC released process technologies – fabricated on 100 mm high purity semi-insulating (HPSI) 4H-SiC substrates.
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by Donald A. Gajewski – Scott Sheppard – Tina McNulty – Jeff B. Barner – Jim Milligan and John Palmour
This paper reports the reliability performance of the Wolfspeed – GaN/AlGaN HEMT MMIC process technology – fabricated on 100 mm high purity semi-insulating (HPSI) 4H-SiC substrates.
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by Ildu Kim – Jangheon Kim – Junghwan Moon – Jungjoon Kim – and Bumman Kim
Demonstrating a highly efficient Hybrid Envelope Elimination and Restoration transmitter for IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX applications using a highly efficient saturated Power Amplifier (PA). For the optimum H-EER operation – the PA has been designed to have a maximum PAE at the average Vds region by using 10 W (P3dB ) GaN High Electron Mobility Transistor.
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Radar / Avionics

Improving Pulse Fidelity in RF Power Amplifiers

A radar system designer’s most coveted objectives are achieving a long range, adequate resolution to distinguish objects in close proximity to each other, and the ability to not only determine target velocities but target types in order to help differentiate friendlies from adversaries.A combination of both approaches is essential, and engineers can design for peak power points of the load-pull simulation while also paying attention to other parts of the circuit for baseband signal fidelity.
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