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Combating the Dimensionality of Nonlinear MIMO Amplifier Predistortion by Basis Pursuit
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electronics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. ACCESS Linnaeus Centre, Department of Signal Processing, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8460-6509
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electronics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. ACCESS Linnaeus Centre, Department of Signal Processing, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1183-6666
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electronics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electronics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2887-049X
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2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 44th European Microwave Conference, 2014, 833-836 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A general description of nonlinear dynamic MIMO systems, given by Volterra series, has significantly larger complexity than SISO systems. Modeling and predistortion of MIMO amplifiers consequently become unfeasible due to the large number of basis functions. We have designed digital predistorters for a MIMO amplifier using a basis pursuit method for reducing model complexity. This method reduces the numerical problems that appear in MIMO Volterra predistorters due to the large number of basis functions. The number of basis functions was reduced from 1402 to 220 in a 2x2 MIMO amplifier and from 127 to 13 in the corresponding SISO case. Reducing the number of basis functions caused an increase of approximately 1 dB of model error and adjacent channel power ratio.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 833-836 p.
Keyword [en]
Digital pre distortion (DPD), MIMO power ampli fiers, LASSO, basis pursuit, power amplifier linearization
National Category
Communication Systems Signal Processing
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-17716ISI: 000392912200209Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84922721597OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-17716DiVA: diva2:757781
Conference
The 44th European Microwave Conference (EuMC 2014), Roma, Italy, October 5-10, 2014
Available from: 2014-10-23 Created: 2014-10-23 Last updated: 2017-04-03Bibliographically approved
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1. Characterization and Linearization of Multi-channel RF Power Amplifiers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characterization and Linearization of Multi-channel RF Power Amplifiers
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The demands for high data rates and broadband wireless access requirethe development of wireless systems that can support wide and multi-bandsignals. To deploy these signals, new radio frequency (RF) front-ends are requiredwhich impose new challenges in terms of power consumption efficiencyand sources of distortion e.g., nonlinearity. These challenges are more pronouncedin power amplifiers (PAs) that degrade the overall performance ofthe RF transmitter.Since it is difficult to optimize the linearity and efficiency characteristicsof a PA simultaneously, a trade-off is needed. At high input power, a PAexhibits high efficiency at the expense of linearity. On the other hand, atlow input power, a PA is linear at the expense of the efficiency. To achievelinearity and efficiency at the same time, digital pre-distortion (DPD) is oftenused to compensate for the PA nonlinearity at high input power. In case ofmulti-channel PAs, input and output signals of different channels interactwith each other due to cross-talk. Therefore, these PAs exhibit differentnonlinear behavior than the single-input single-output (SISO) PAs. The DPDtechniques developed for SISO PAs do not result in adequate performancewhen used for multi-channel PAs. Hence, an accurate behavioral modeling isessential for the development of DPD for multi-channel RF PAs.In this thesis, we propose three novel behavioral models and DPD schemesfor nonlinear multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) transmitters in presenceof cross-talk. A study of the source of cross-talk in MIMO transmittershave been investigated to derive simple and powerful modeling schemes.These models are extensions of a SISO generalized memory polynomial model.A comparative study with a previously published MIMO model is also presented.The effect of coherent and partially non-coherent signal generationon DPD performance is also highlighted. It is shown experimentally thatwith partially non-coherent signal generation, the performance of the DPDdegrades compared to coherent signal generation.In context of multi-channel RF transmitters, PA behavioral models andDPD schemes suffer from a large number of model parameters with the increasein nonlinear order and memory depth. This growth leads to highcomplexity model identification and implementation. We have designed aDPD scheme for MIMO PAs using a sparse estimation technique for reducingmodel complexity. This technique also increases the numerical stability whenlinear least square estimation model identification is used.A method to characterize the memory effects in a nonlinear concurrentdual-band PAs is also presented. Compared to the SISO PAs, concurrentdual-band PAs are not only affected by intermodulation distortions but alsoby cross-modulation distortions. The characterization of memory effects inconcurrent dual-band transmitter is performed by injecting a two-tone testsignal in each input channel of the transmitter. Asymmetric energy surfacesare introduced for the intermodulation and cross-modulation products, whichcan be used to identify the power and frequency regions where the memory effects are dominant.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. 45 p.
Series
TRITA-EE, ISSN 1653-5146 ; 2015:001
National Category
Signal Processing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-18848 (URN)
Presentation
2015-01-23, 99132, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2015-01-27 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved
2. Digital Compensation Techniques for Transmitters in Wireless Communications Networks
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital Compensation Techniques for Transmitters in Wireless Communications Networks
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Since they appeared, wireless technologies have deeply transformed our society. Today, wireless internet access and other wireless applications demandincreasingly more traffic. However, the continuous traffic increase can be unbearableand requires rethinking and redesigning the wireless technologies inmany different aspects. Aiming to respond to the increasing needs of wirelesstraffic, we are witnessing a rapidly evolving wireless technology scenario.This thesis addresses various aspects of the transmitters used in wireless communications.Transmitters present several hardware (HW) impairments thatcreate distortions, polluting the radio spectrum and decreasing the achievabletraffic in the network. Digital platforms are now flexible, robust and cheapenough to enable compensation of HW impairments at the digital base-bandsignal. This has been coined as ’dirty radio’. Dirty radio is expected in future transmitters where HW impairments may arise to reduce transmitter cost or to enhance power efficiency. This thesis covers the software (SW) compensation schemes of dirty radio developed for wireless transmitters. As describedin the thesis, these schemes can be further enhanced with knowledge of thespecific signal transmission or scenarios, e.g., developing cognitive digital compensationschemes. This can be valuable in today’s rapidly evolving scenarioswhere multiple signals may co-exist, sharing the resources at the same radiofrequency (RF) front-end. In the first part, this thesis focuses on the instrumentation challenges andHWimpairments encountered at the transmitter. A synthetic instrument (SI)that performs network analysis is designed to suit the instrumentation needs.Furthermore, how to perform nonlinear network analysis using the developedinstrument is discussed. Two transmitter HW impairments are studied: themeasurement noise and the load impedance mismatch at the transmitter, asis their coupling with the state-of-the-art digital compensation techniques.These two studied impairments are inherent to measurement systems and areexpected in future wireless transmitters. In the second part, the thesis surveys the area of behavioral modeling and digital compensation techniques for wireless transmitters. Emphasis is placed on low computational complexity techniques. The low complexity is motivated by a predicted increase in the number of transmitters deployed in the network, from base stations (BS), access points and hand-held devices. A modeling methodology is developed that allows modeling transmitters to achieve both reduced computational complexity and low modeling error. Finally, the thesis discusses the emerging architectures of multi-channel transmittersand describes their digital compensation techniques. It revises the MIMOVolterra series formulation to address the general modeling problem anddrafts possible solutions to tackle its dimensionality. In the framework of multi-channel transmitters, a technique to compensate nonlinear multi-carrier satellite transponders is presented. This technique is cognitive because it uses the frequency link planning and the pulse-shaping filters of the individual carriers. This technique shows enhanced compensation ability at reduced computational complexity compared to the state-of-the-art techniques and enables the efficient operation of satellite transponders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. xiii, 63 p.
Series
TRITA-EE, ISSN 1653-5146 ; 2015:017
Keyword
Digital compensation, MIMO, wireless communications, satellite, Volterra, Amplfiers, HW effects
National Category
Telecommunications Communication Systems
Research subject
Information and Communication Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-19393 (URN)978-91-7595-540-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-06-15, Sal 99131, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle, 10:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2015-05-27 Created: 2015-05-27 Last updated: 2017-01-12Bibliographically approved
3. Characterization and Linearization of Multi-band Multi-channel RF Power Amplifiers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characterization and Linearization of Multi-band Multi-channel RF Power Amplifiers
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The World today is deeply transformed by the advancement in wireless technology. The envision of a smart society where interactions between physical and virtual dimensions of life are intertwined and where human interaction is mediated by machines, e.g., smart phones, demands increasingly more data traffic. This continual increase in data traffic requires re-designing of the wireless technologies for increased system capacity and flexibility. In this thesis, aspects related to behavioral modeling, characterization, and linearization of multi-channel/band power amplifiers (PAs) are discussed.

When building a model of any system, it is advantageous to take into account the knowledge of the physics of the system and include into the model. This approach could help to improve the model performance. In this context, three novel behavioral models and DPD schemes for nonlinear MIMO transmitters are proposed.

To model and compensate distortions in GaN based RF PAs in presence of long-term memory effects, novel models for SISO and concurrent dual-band PAs are proposed. These models are based on a fixed pole expansion technique and have infinite impulse response. They show substantial performance improvement. A behavioral model based on the physical knowledge of the concurrent dual-band PA is derived, and its performance is investigated both for behavioral modeling and compensation of nonlinear distortions.

Two-tone characterization is a fingerprint method for the characterization of memory effects in dynamic nonlinear systems. In this context, two novel techniques are proposed. The first technique is a dual two-tone characterization technique to characterize the memory effects of self- and cross-modulation products in concurrent dual-band transmitter. The second technique is for the characterization and analysis of self- and cross-Volterra kernels of nonlinear 3x3 MIMO systems using three-tone signals.

Abstract [sv]

Världen av idag har omvandlats starkt av framsteg inom trådlos teknik. Framtidens smarta samhalle där samspelet mellan fysiska och virtuella dimensioner i livet är sammanflätade och där mansklig växelverkan mer ofta än inte sker med eller formedlas av maskiner - exempelvis smarta telefoner - kräver allt mer datatrafik. Denna ständigt ökande datatrafik kraver i sin tur utformning av trådlös teknik som kan rymma flera kanaler och flera frekvensband för att öka systements kapactitet och flexibilitet. I denna avhandling diskuteras aspekter relaterade till beteendemodellering, karakterisering, och kompensering av ickelinjär distortion i radiofrekvens (RF) effektforstarkare (PA) för multipla-insignaler-multipla-utsignaler (MIMO) och samtidiga signaler i dubbla frekvensband.

När man gör en modell av ett system är det fordelaktigt att ta hänsyn till kunskap om det fysikaliska systemet och använda denna information i modellen. Denna strategi skulle kunna bidra till att forbattra modellens prestanda och minska antalet modellparametrar. I detta sammanhang föreslås tre nya beteende- och DPD-modeller för ickelinjära MIMO sändare. Olika typer av överhörning i MIMO-sändare undersöks för att härleda enkla och kraftfulla modeller. Effekter av koherent och partiellt koherent signalgenerering på DPD-prestanda utvärderas också. För att modellera och kompensera ickelinjär distortion i galliumnitridbaserade (GaN) RF PA med langtidsminneseffekter föreslås två nya modeller for RF PA med en in- och en utsignal (SISO) tre nya modeller för RF PA för samtidiga signaler i olika frekvensband. Dessa modeller är baserade på teknik med expansion runt fasta polvärden och har oändligt minnesdjup. Modellerna visar betydande resultatförbättring i jämforelse med dem med ändliga impulssvar. En beteendemodell baserad på en fysikalisk modell av förstärkaren föreslås för en PA för samtidiga signaler i olika frekvensband. Dess prestanda undersöks som beteendemodell och för utjämning av ickelinjär distortion.

Tvåtonskarakterisering är som ett fingeravtryck vid karakterisering av minneseffekter i dynamiska ickelinjära system. I detta sammanhang föreslås två nya tekniker för karakterisering av sändare för samtidiga signaler med olika frekvens och och MIMO-sändare. Den första tekniken är en dubbel tvåtonskarakterisering för de individuella minneseffekterna i egen- och korsmoduleringsprodukter i sändare med samtidiga signaler i olika frekvensband. Den andra tekniken är för karakterisering och analys av egen- och korsvolterrakärnor hos ett ickelinjärt 3×3 MIMO-system med hjalp av tre-tonssignaler. I den föreslagna tekniken analyseras egen- och korskänor längs linjer i en frekvensrymd för att fastställa blockstrukturer hos det underliggande systemet. Den kunskap som erhållits med hjälp av denna karakeriseringsteknik har kunnat användas för att modifiera tidigare publicerade beteendemodeller.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 59 p.
Series
TRITA-EE, ISSN 1653-5146 ; 2016:185
National Category
Signal Processing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23287 (URN)978-91-7729-198-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-02-24, 99:133, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-02-02 Created: 2017-01-11 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved

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