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Wide Bandwidth Class-S Power Amplifiers for Ultrasonic Devices

Department of Medical IT Convergence Engineering, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi 39253, Korea
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Sensors 2020, 20(1), 290; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20010290
Received: 9 December 2019 / Revised: 23 December 2019 / Accepted: 1 January 2020 / Published: 4 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Piezoelectric Transducers)
Wide bandwidth ultrasonic devices are a necessity in high-resolution ultrasonic systems. Therefore, constant output voltages need to be produced across the wide bandwidths of a power amplifier. We present the first design of a wide bandwidth class-S power amplifier for ultrasonic devices. The −6 dB bandwidth of the developed class-S power amplifier was measured at 125.07% at 20 MHz, thus, offering a wide bandwidth for ultrasonic devices. Pulse-echo measurement is a performance measurement method used to evaluate the performance of ultrasonic transducers, components, or systems. The pulse-echo signals were obtained using an ultrasonic transducer with designed power amplifiers. In the pulse-echo measurements, time and frequency analyses were conducted to evaluate the bandwidth flatness of the power amplifiers. The frequency range of the ultrasonic transducer was measured and compared when using the developed class-S and commercial class-A power amplifiers with the same output voltages. The class-S power amplifiers had a relatively flat bandwidth (109.7 mV at 17 MHz, 112.0 mV at 20 MHz, and 109.5 mV at 23 MHz). When the commercial class-A power amplifier was evaluated under the same conditions, an uneven bandwidth was recorded (110.6 mV at 17 MHz, 111.5 mV at 20 MHz, and 85.0 mV at 23 MHz). Thus, we demonstrated that the designed class-S power amplifiers could prove useful for ultrasonic devices with a wide frequency range. View Full-Text
Keywords: class-S power amplifier; wide band; power amplifier; ultrasound system class-S power amplifier; wide band; power amplifier; ultrasound system
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You, K.; Choi, H. Wide Bandwidth Class-S Power Amplifiers for Ultrasonic Devices. Sensors 2020, 20, 290.

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