Reduction of Aliasing Effects of RF-PWM Modulated Signals by Cross Point Estima- tion

David Seebacher, Christian Schuberth, Franz Dielacher, Patrick Reynaert, Wolfgang Bösch

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The trend in transmitter systems is to move the digital domain closer toward the antenna using digital modulators and drivers to reduce circuit complexity and to save power. One promising approach is the use of RF pulse width modulation (RF PWM). Unfortunately purely digital discrete time RF PWM suffers from aliasing problems which limit the achievable resolution. For a 40 MHz bandwidth signal at 2.6 GHz carrier frequency for example the achievable signal quality is limited to ~ 43 dBc. This paper describes the root cause of this effect, an error in the determination of the cross points, due to the sampled nature of the signal and proposes a method to compensate for it. It is shown that by interpolating the signal and estimating the cross points the signal quality can be significantly improved. The interpolation is simplified by interpolating the decomposed outphasing signals instead of the full signal. This has the advantage that a constant instead of a phase modulated reference function can be used. It is shown that by simple cross point estimation the signal quality can already be improved to 65 dBc. When either considering a second modulator or when using a delta sigma like noise shaping architecture the signal quality can be further enhanced to 75 dBc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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