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Unbanlance of ACPR - RF Cafe Forums

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Post subject: unbanlance of ACPR Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:15 pm


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When testing the ACPR of CDMA PA, the difference between upper frequency and lower frequency was a little big. For example, the amplitude of +750KHz was -46.6dBc, while that of -750KHz was -49.9dBc.
But normally, these two value were almost same. Could you tell me what would cause this and how to avoid? Many thanks.


Post subject: Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:53 am
This is a common problem when designing PAs for relatively wide band waveforms (>1MHz BW). It's called a memory effect, and is basically a voltage ripple on your power supply feed (drain for LDMOS). Can be remedied with larger values of capacitors (10uF to 220uF) on supply feed, or de-coupling network. Also, try minimizing length of all DC lines or cables.


Post subject: Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:30 pm

Are you sure that this is called memory effect? If I recall well this is just called signal envelope decoupling.

I tought memory effect involved instrinsinct semiconductor issues and not only surrounding circuitry consideration.

Just wondering.


Post subject: Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:33 am

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VIP is right in he post. It is a memory- effect related. Memory effect has to do with working on a wideband frequency range under which the amplifier behaves differently. The amplifier behaves somewhat as Filter - has different AM-AM & AM-PM behavior over the entire band and this is shown as different linearity (ACPR) performances. VIP is also right in his suggestion for remedy to this problem. The bypassing network should contain several values of capacitors and often ferrite beads and resistors - it is always useful and helpful to consult the data sheet of the specigfic device.

Good Luck!

Best regards,

- IR

Posted  11/12/2012

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