This letter presents a compact X-band high gain and high power four-stage AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (PHEMT) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) high power amplifier (PA). This amplifier is designed to fully match a 50-Ω input and output impedance. Based on 0.35-μm gate-length power PHEMT technology, this PA MMIC is fabricated on a 3-mil thick wafer. While operating under 8 V and 2700-mA dc bias condition, the characteristics of 40-dB small-signal gain, a 10-W continuous-wave saturation output power, and 33% power added efficiency at 9.7 GHz can be achieved.
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