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Understanding linearity in wireless communication amplifiers

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4 Author(s)
Struble, Wayne ; M/A-COM integrated Circuits Business Unit, Lowell, MA, USA ; McGrath, F. ; Harrington, K. ; Nagle, P.

This paper investigates the linearity of active devices and amplifiers that have modulated input signals. We describe an implementation of a mathematical technique for calculating spectral regrowth due to the nonlinear amplification of modulated signals typically used in wireless communication systems. This technique only requires knowledge of the single-tone gain and phase data as a function of input power and can be applied to any modulated signal given (a) the device or amplifier characteristics do not change significantly over the bandwidth of the input signal and (b) the modulation frequencies are much less than the carrier frequency. Verification of the mathematical technique is presented using examples of measured and calculated spectra for π/4-differential quadrature phase shift keying (DQPSK) personal handy phone system (PHS) and code division multiple access (CDMA) Offset-QPSK personal communication system (PCS) modulation schemes. This calculation technique is essential in determining fundamental tradeoffs between device performance (linearity, output power, gain, and power-added efficiency) and device bias conditions and load impedance

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 9 )

Date of Publication:

Sep 1997

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