A Predistortion-less digital transmitter with –50 dB ACLR exploiting output conductance linearization

Joep Zanen*, Eric Klumperink, Bram Nauta

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Switched capacitor power amplifiers (SCPAs) are a class of digital transmitters which have shown promising results for high linearity with good drain efficiency (DE). Their linearity is limited by AM-PM distortion, caused by a difference in output conductance in switching and nonswitching driver cells. Often, digital predistortion (DPD) is required to transmit higher-order modulation schemes. In this letter, a driver cell implementation as an inverter with drain resistors is proposed which has equal output conductance in both cases, aiming to eliminate AM-PM distortion. An SCPA with these driver cells is implemented in a 22-nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) CMOS process which demonstrates excellent DPD-less linearity with an adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) of -50 dB and an error vector magnitude (EVM) of -45.5 dB for 5-MHz 1024 QAM signals at a DE of 8.8%. A matching network exploiting bondwires as high-Q inductors removes on-chip inductors and significantly reduces chip area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Solid State Circuits Letters
Early online date13 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • CMOS integrated circuits
  • power amplifiers
  • Linearity
  • Nonlinear distortion
  • switched capacitor power amplifiers (SCPA)
  • digital transmitters


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