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Digital Predistortion for 5G Small Cell: GPU Implementation and RF Measurements

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Signal Processing Systems
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


In this paper, we present a high data rate implementation of a digital predistortion (DPD) algorithm on a modern mobile multicore CPU containing an on-chip GPU. The proposed implementation is capable of running in real-time, thanks to the execution of the predistortion stage inside the GPU, and the execution of the learning stage on a separate CPU core. This configuration, combined with the low complexity DPD design, allows for more than 400 Msamples/s sample rates. This is sufficient for satisfying 5G new radio (NR) base station radio transmission specifications in the sub-6 GHz bands, where signal bandwidths up to 100 MHz are specified. The linearization performance is validated with RF measurements on two base station power amplifiers at 3.7 GHz, showing that the 5G NR downlink emission requirements are satisfied.


  • 5G, Digital predistortion (DPD), GPU, High data rate, Real-time

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