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Clipper classes [microwave bytes]

Cripps, Steve C. ORCID: 2021. Clipper classes [microwave bytes]. IEEE Microwave Magazine 22 (12) , pp. 16-29. 10.1109/MMM.2021.3109499

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It was, admittedly, rather early in my own business traveling career that the then most prominent U.S. airline, Pan Am, introduced the “Clipper Class” cabin, which had a bit more room, no movies, and a more continuous supply of booze. This of course evolved into the now familiar, and much coveted, business class, the exorbitant cost of which I never cease to be amazed that companies are still willing to pay. I once suggested the above title to my publisher, for a book in which I would throw a few wrenches into conventional power amplifier (PA) waveform theory. It did not receive a very positive response, (the title itself that is, rather than the subject matter), mainly because they were all too young to remember “Clipper Class.” However, my statutory double entendre still stands, and I will discuss some issues that relate to, and to a significant extent modify, the “textbook” concepts of high-efficiency PA “Classes,” by taking account of the clipping process that occurs when the device voltage dips into the “knee” region of the device.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN: 1527-3342
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 10:04

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