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Theoretical analysis of the trade-off between efficiency and linearity of the High Power Amplifier in OFDM context

Abstract : Power efficiency and linearity are key parameters of amplification systems but they cannot be achieved simultaneously. A perfect linearity is observed when the power efficiency is low and vice versa. In this paper, we first analyze through some theoretical expressions, the power efficiency and the linearity measured by the Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) metric. Then we propose an analytical trade-off that ensures a good linearity with reasonable efficiency by combining Peak-to-Average Power Ratio (PAPR) reduction and linearization. This analysis is carried out based on Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPA) and Predistortion (PD) as linearization technique. We show that a trade-off can be achieved for a high distortionless PAPR reduction gain followed by an effective predistortion. Last but not least the most important is to avoid the amplifier saturation by setting the PAPR of the signal after PAPR reduction technique identical to the input back-off (IBO).
Keywords : PAPR predistortion EVM OFDM
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O. Abel Gouba, Yves Louët. Theoretical analysis of the trade-off between efficiency and linearity of the High Power Amplifier in OFDM context. EW 2012, Apr 2012, Poznan, Poland. 7 p. ⟨hal-00682761⟩

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