This course focuses on the design of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power amplifiers (PAs) realised as monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs). The course is based on a detailed discussion of four GaN PA design case studies.
The course begins with a brief introduction to the GaN transistor, including a summary of the main differences between GaN HEMT and GaAs PHEMT PAs. This includes selection of suitable devices and bias for a given specification. The course then moves on to discuss a basic approach to designing GaN power amplifiers, starting with a single transistor example. Next we discuss thermal considerations when designing with GaN. These are important in all power amplifiers, but particularly for high-power for GaN PAs.
The course then discusses some other PA designs starting with a 15 GHz PA for line-of-sight links. The next example is a 2–18 GHz non-uniform distributed PA for broadband operation. The final example is a 25 GHz X-band power amplifier for radar applications. The course concludes with a brief summary of the main points covered.
What you will learn
- GaN transistor overview
- GaN fabrication process
Device selection and bias
Load pull technique
Process design kit (PDK)
Circuit schematics and layouts
This online course is designed for engineers that would like to learn more about designing GaN power amplifier MMICs.
RF MMIC Design Engineers
Although there are no formal prerequisites for the certification course, an ability to absorb and understand technical concepts is essential together with a desire to learn more about the topics covered. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course.
Time to Complete
Approx. 1 hr 30 mins
- Unlimited individual access to all course content on-demand 24/7 for 365 days
80 minutes of focused video content
7 modules covering a range of RF and microwave MMIC PA topics
34 individual video lessons
Downloadable supporting materials and applications notes
Certificate of Achievement issued by TTA on completion
0.15 IEEE Continuing Education Units (optional)
1.5 IEEE Professional Development Hours (optional)
IEEE Certificate of Completion issued by IEEE on completion (optional)
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Certificate of Achievement – Included
Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes results in the award of a Certificate of Achievement. A high-resolution PDF certificate file will be emailed to you shortly after completing the course.
IEEE Certificate of Completion – Optional
This course has been approved by IEEE for the quality of its technical content and adherence to IEEE’s strict criteria for educational excellence. Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes gives you the option of claiming 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to demonstrate your continuing professional development. You have the option of purchasing an IEEE Certificate of Completion (PDF) when you enroll or after you complete the course.
7 modules – 34 video lessons – 80 mins video
100% No-Risk Guarantee
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Includes 1-year unlimited individual on-demand access to all course content