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Radio devices including power amplifier control circuits with hardware lockouts










Image Number 3 for United States Patent #6169885.

A battery powered radio device includes a transmitter, a control circuit, and a lockout circuit. The transmitter transmits radio communications and the transmitter includes a power amplifier which generates an amplified radiofrequency output signal. More particularly, the power amplifier uses both a positive supply voltage and a negative bias voltage for operation wherein the negative bias voltage is less than a supply ground voltage. The control circuit enables the power amplifier during transmission, and the control circuit includes a switch coupled in series between a positive supply voltage and the power amplifier. The switch is activated in response to a transmit activation signal when the negative bias voltage is coupled to the power amplifier. The lockout circuit prevents activation of the switch in response to the transmit activation signal when the negative bias voltage is not coupled to the power amplifier. In addition, the switch can be activated in response to a transmit activation signal by applying the negative bias voltage to the switch control gate and deactivated in the absence of the transmit activation signal by applying the positive supply voltage to the switch control gate.








 
 
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