Patent Number: 6,294,957

Title: RF power amplifier having synchronous RF drive

Abstract: A RF power amplifier system is presented herein including a RF source for providing a train of RF pulses exhibiting RF cycles of a fixed frequency and wherein each pulse is of a fixed amplitude and duration. A bridge circuit includes a first transistor switch for, when on, connecting the DC voltage source across a load for DC current flow therethrough in a first direction and a second transistor switch for, when on, connecting the DC voltage source across the load for DC current flow therethrough in a second direction. A switch driver serves, when enabled, to pass the RF pulses for driving the first and second transistor switches on and off at a frequency dependent upon that of the RF pulses and in such a manner that current from the DC voltage source alternately flows in the first and second directions through the load. A driver controller provides turn-on signals and selectively applies them to the switch driver for enabling the switch driver for passing the RF pulses to the transistor switches. The driver controller includes logic circuitry responsive to an amplifier turn-on control signal and the RF pulses for enabling the switch driver in such a manner that the first and second transistor switches are turned on and off in synchronism with the start of a RF cycle and the end of a RF cycle.

Inventors: Luu; Ky Thoai (Quincy, IL)

Assignee: Harris Corporation

International Classification: H03F 3/20 (20060101); H03F 3/217 (20060101); H03F 003/217 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018