Milimeter wave MMIC amplifier linearization by predistortion

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2006

Thesis Language: English

Student: Barış Çağlar

Supervisor: ŞİMŞEK DEMİR


For millimeter wave applications, MMIC is the best contemporary technology. Considering the requirements of the commercial and military applications on amplitude and phase linearity, it is necessary to reduce the nonlinearity of the amplifiers. There are several linearization techniques that are used to reduce the nonlinearity effects. In the context of the thesis, a special analog predistortion technique that is called “self cancellation scheme” is used to linearize a 35GHz MMIC amplifier. The amplifier to be linearized is used in the design of the predistorter, that is why it is called self cancellation. This thesis contain the design of the amplifier, lumped element power divider and combiner circuits, and the complete analog predistortion linearizer. Layouts of linearizer system and its components are prepared and layout effects are taken into account.