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Nonlinearity estimation and spectral regrowth prediction are crucial to power amplifier linearization. The correlation techniques shown here can estimate amplifier nonlinearity and predict out-of-band power spectrum. Cross-correlation is performed between the output envelope and a test sequence generated from the input signal and can be carried out in background during amplifier operations. The proposed method is applicable to multi-channel DS-CDMA systems and IS-95 forward-link CDMA signals are employed as an example.