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Clipping the OFDM signals in the digital part of the transmitter is one of the simplest methods to reduce the peak factor. However, it suffers from additional clipping distortion, peak regrowth after digital to analog conversion, and out-of-band radiation in the case of oversampled sequence clipping. We use oversampled sequence clipping to combat the effect of peak regrowth and propose a method to reconstruct the clipped samples and mitigate the clipping distortion in the presence of channel noise at the expense of bandwidth expansion. We show through extensive simulations that by slightly increasing the bandwidth of the system, we can significantly improve the performance while limiting the maximum amplitude of the analog signal.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2002