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Amplifiers

The Concept of Predistortion

The intention of this article is to provide a tool for the design of a predistorter, a component intended to correct unwanted nonlinear effects in power amplifiers. In order to come up with a design, a concept of predistortion is discussed. The conclus...
This article continues the trend of previous publications, 1,2 to simplify the prediction of RF performance of systems designed for wireless digital communications. The first shows the correlation between sidelobes and intermodulation (IM) products. Sidelobes are the result of the spectrum re-growth when a digitally modulated signal is applied...
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Breakthrough Power Amplifier Module for Handset Applications

This is the best time to be a consumer of electronic products. Wireless mobile devices, especially cellular handsets, have more features, are smaller and have better battery life than ever before. The cellular handset manufacturing industry is continuously challenged to deliver high performance, cost-effective, small form function products to...
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Design and Operation of Automatic Gain Control Loops for Receivers in Modern Communications Systems

This article is intended to provide insight into the effective operation of variable gain amplifiers (VGA) in automatic gain control (AGC) applications.
This article is intended to provide insight into the effective operation of variable gain amplifiers (VGA) in automatic gain control (AGC) applications. Figure 1 is a general block diagram for an AGC loop. The input signal passes through the VGA to produce the output level to be stabilized. The...
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An Adaptive Feedforward Amplifier for WCDMA Base Stations Using Imperfect Signal Cancellation

This article describes a new adaptive feedforward amplifier for a WCDMA system using an imperfect signal cancellation. Due to the complicated signal statistics, the distortion generated by the error amplifier is significantly reduced by an imperfect si...
As wireless systems evolve from second- to third- or fourth-generation, the linearity, efficiency and bandwidth requirements for power amplifiers become more stringent. Many techniques, including feedforward, envelope feedback and manifold types of predistorters, have been employed to effectively satisfy these performance requirements and to reduce the production costs for...
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Design of a Predistorter Controlling Individual Orders of Intermodulation Using a New Harmonic Generator

A new type of predistortion linearizer is presented which uses individual orders of intermodulation to linearize a power amplifier. This new predistortion linearizer has two harmonic generators, each consisting of four diodes biased independently. Sinc...
In multi-carrier power amplifiers, a feedforward technique is generally adopted due to its extremely linear and broadband characteristics. 1 However, the feedforward technique requires large circuits and is expensive because of its complexity. It uses two cancellation paths, and delay lines are inserted in each path to adjust the...
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A Novel Adaptive Feedforward Amplifier Using an Analog Controller

A novel adaptive design for a feedforward amplifier linearizer with an analog controller is proposed in this article. Compared with previous adaptive linearizing methods, this new design does not require any pilot signal or intentional signal distortio...
For the third-generation (3G) mobile radio standards, a very high linearity transmitter that can support high crest factor signals is necessary. High linearity and high efficiency are critical issues in amplifier design. In fact, as the power amplifier operates close to the saturation region where both high efficiency and...
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Memory Effect Reduction for LDMOS Bias Circuits

Memory effects have taken a very important role in today's design of base station power amplifiers. For example, they are responsible for limiting the cancellation when pre-distortion is applied to a power amplifier system.<sup>1</sup> This study show...
Electrical memory effects are defined as changes in amplitude and phase of distortion components caused by modulation frequency. There are several ways of measuring memory effects. One of the most common is to plot the phase and amplitude of the distortion parameters with respect to the tone spacing in...
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