A Narrow-to-Wideband Scrambling Technique increasing Software Radio Receiver Linearity

F. van Houwelingen, Adrianus Johannes Maria van Tuijl, Bram Nauta, Maarten Vertregt

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    Radio receivers and transmitters produce distortion products which are high above the noise floor. These products emanate from a combination of a low-order nonlinearity and the narrowband nature of the signal of interest. In this work, a scrambling system is proposed that can be added to a receiver, reducing these distortion products. Continuous time-domain signal manipulation is used to spread the spectral power of a narrowband signal, before it passes through nonlinear receiver circuitry. Digitally the original signal shape is reconstructed. This way, the distortion created by the nonlinearity does not result in dominant tones, improving IP2 and IP3 figures without increasing the intrinsic circuitry linearity, saving power and maintaining flexibility. This topology became possible through using new designs and topologies, which allow signal manipulation using passive components only. Additionally, a new high speed DAC design allows a voltage supply rail to be used as a sub-mV accurate reference. The concept is demonstrated using a software-radio approach, in which the sampling and buffering represents the nonlinear processing. With a 2.2 Vpp, diff 100 MHz input signal, the measured distortion products are below -74 dBc. At 1.4 GHz input this number is 60.2 dBc. The scrambling hardware uses 54 mW in a 65 nm CMOS process.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th European Solid-State Circuits Conference, ESSCIRC 2011
    Place of PublicationPiscataway
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-0703-2
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2011
    Event37th European Solid-State Circuits Conference, ESSCIRC 2011 - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 12 Sept 201116 Sept 2011
    Conference number: 37

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    ISSN (Print)1930-8833


    Conference37th European Solid-State Circuits Conference, ESSCIRC 2011
    Abbreviated titleESSCIRC


    • METIS-285023
    • EWI-21317
    • IR-79622

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