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Q Imbalance and Nonlinearity Mitigation at Wideband Wireless Receivers
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  • Xiaojing Huang ,
  • Hao Zhang ,
  • Anh Tuyen Le ,
  • Andrew Zhang ,
  • Jay Guo
Xiaojing Huang
University of Technology Sydney

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Digital predistortion (DPD) has been widely used in microwave transmitters to remove the signal distortion and spectral re-growth caused by nonlinear high power amplifiers and I/Q imbalanced up-converters. However, a DPD can hardly be implemented at a wideband transmitter operating at millimeter wave or terahertz frequency. In this paper, a low-complexity digital post-cancellation (DPC) framework is proposed for I/Q imbalance (IQI) and nonlinearity mitigation at a wideband receiver. The DPC is based on a novel expanded memory polynomial model which captures the IQI and nonlinearity over a complete signal chain including both transmitter and receiver. The nonlinearity parameters with reduced nonlinearity order can be efficiently estimated using a novel transmission protocol incorporating both frame rotation and preamble power scaling. Through widely linear system equalization and interference cancellation, the signal distortion caused by frequency-dependent IQI and nonlinearity can be mitigated with significant performance improvement. Considering the presence of carrier frequency offset at a practical receiver, blind receiver IQI estimation and compensation methods are also proposed in conjunction with the DPC. Both simulation and experiment results obtained from a millimeter wave system with 2.5 GHz bandwidth and 73.5 GHz carrier frequency are presented to verify the theoretical analyses and demonstrate the effectiveness of the DPC technology.