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Digital Predistortion for Hybrid MIMO Transmitters

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-454
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing
Issue number3
Early online date7 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This article investigates digital predistortion (DPD) linearization of hybrid beamforming large-scale antenna transmitters. We propose a novel DPD processing and learning technique for an antenna sub-array, which utilizes a combined signal of the individual power amplifier (PA) outputs in conjunction with a decorrelation-based learning rule. In effect, the proposed approach results in minimizing the nonlinear distortions in the direction of the intended receiver. This feature is highly desirable, since emissions in other directions are naturally weak due to beamforming. The proposed parameter learning technique requires only a single observation receiver, and therefore supports simple hardware implementation. It is also shown to clearly outperform the current state-of-the-art technique which utilizes only a single PA for learning. Analysis of the feedback network amplitude and phase imbalances reveals that the technique is robust even to high levels of such imbalances. Finally, we also show that the array system out-of-band emissions are well-behaving in all spatial directions, and essentially below those of the corresponding single-antenna transmitter, due to the combined effects of the DPD and beamforming.


  • 5G, digital predistortion, hybrid beamforming, large-array transmitters, out-of-band emissions, power amplifiers

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