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An analysis of pulsewidth-modulation inverter nonlinearities influencing high-frequency carrier-signal voltage injection for saliency-tracking-based rotor/flux position estimation is presented in this paper. Distortion of the injected carrier voltage caused by the nonlinear behavior of the inverter has been reported to cause errors in the estimated rotor/flux position. Though a number of techniques have been developed to compensate for inverter nonlinearities, they have not been proven to be effective when a high-frequency low-magnitude voltage needs to be generated. Both the origins of the distortion as well as the requirements for compensation methods to be effective when producing such high-frequency voltages will be established in this paper.