Evaluating RF/microwave power amplifier performance requires an assortment of tests as well as the right equipment to perform those measurements quickly and accurately. Power amplifiers (PAs) are designed to boost the levels of many different types of signals in communications and other systems and are vital components in these systems. Depending upon the end use of the PA, engineers will typically characterize this component using a number of different measurements to determine key operating parameters.

Understanding essential PA measurements and how to accurately perform them can provide greater insight into the behavior of the component and can help guide practical choices in test equipment. In this guide, we’ll define performance criteria for Pas, review network analysis and metrics for wireless communications.

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