In this paper, the design of InP DHBT based millimeter-wave(mm-wave) power amplifiers(PAs) using an interstage matched cascode technique is presented. The output power of a traditional cascode is limited by the early saturation of the common-base(CB) device. The interstage matched cascode can be employed to improve the power handling ability through optimizing the input impedance of the CB device. The minimized power mismatch between the CB and the common-emitter(CE) devices results in an improved saturated output power. To demonstrate the technique for power amplifier designs at mm-wave frequencies, a single-branch cascode based PA using single-finger devices and a two-way combined based PA using three-finger devices are fabricated. The single-branch design shows a measured power gain of 9.2dB and a saturated output power of 12.3dBm at 67.2GHz and the two-way combined design shows a power gain of 9.5dB with a saturated output power of 18.6dBm at 72.6GHz.
Microelectronics Journal, 2013, Vol 44, Issue 12, p. 1231-1237
InP DHBT; Interstage matched cascode; Millimeter-wave; MMIC; Power amplifier