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Linearized transmitters: an enabling technology for software defined radio

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Power amplifier and transmitter linearization techniques are now a mature technology, with feedforward systems installed in many US base station sites for both TDMA and CDMA systems. Similarly, transmitter linearization techniques, such as Cartesian loop and predistortion, have been employed in mobile and portable equipment, and these have enabled a number of systems (e.g., iDEN in the United States and TETRA in Europe) to be realizable from a power consumption, cost, and size perspective. Such techniques are essential in the realization of an efficient and cost-effective software-defined radio system, whether deployed in a base station or a handset, and are thus a key enabling technology, without which SDR will not succeed. This article examines the current status of power amplifier and transmitter linearization technologies for mobile and base station equipment, and highlights some of the novel base station and network topologies now emerging based on these techniques. In many cases, these new topologies will revolutionize the way a cellular network is constructed and lead to very substantial cost reductions for a network operator

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 2 )