A generalized dual-input digital predistortion (DPD) methodology for supply-modulated (SM) power amplifiers (PAs) is proposed. Contrary to classical approaches, the SM and the radio frequency (RF) signals are treated as separate digital inputs to be jointly predistorted. A multi-objective optimization (MOO) strategy allows to explore the inherent PA performance tradeoffs to jointly optimize the DPD coefficients for improved power-added efficiency (PAE) and higher RF output power, yet guaranteeing a prescribed linearity performance. To avoid dealing with an unbearably high number of experimental acquisitions, MOO is here made feasible by fast simulation of an empirical surrogate model of the PA, which is progressively refined from a reduced set of iterative acquisitions. The proposed technique enables the adoption of a dynamic supply shaping function, and it automatically accounts for the signals' statistics. Eventually, the method outperforms classical SM approaches, yet using a DPD of the same order, as demonstrated by the experimental results on a gallium nitride (GaN) SM PA operating at 3.5 GHz in the presence of orthogonal-frequency-division-multiplexing (OFDM)-like high-peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) modulated signals with 10- and 20-MHz bandwidths (BWs).

Joint Dual-Input Digital Predistortion of Supply-Modulated RF PA by Surrogate-Based Multi-Objective Optimization

Mengozzi M.;Angelotti A. M.;Gibiino G. P.;Florian C.;Santarelli A.
2022

Abstract

A generalized dual-input digital predistortion (DPD) methodology for supply-modulated (SM) power amplifiers (PAs) is proposed. Contrary to classical approaches, the SM and the radio frequency (RF) signals are treated as separate digital inputs to be jointly predistorted. A multi-objective optimization (MOO) strategy allows to explore the inherent PA performance tradeoffs to jointly optimize the DPD coefficients for improved power-added efficiency (PAE) and higher RF output power, yet guaranteeing a prescribed linearity performance. To avoid dealing with an unbearably high number of experimental acquisitions, MOO is here made feasible by fast simulation of an empirical surrogate model of the PA, which is progressively refined from a reduced set of iterative acquisitions. The proposed technique enables the adoption of a dynamic supply shaping function, and it automatically accounts for the signals' statistics. Eventually, the method outperforms classical SM approaches, yet using a DPD of the same order, as demonstrated by the experimental results on a gallium nitride (GaN) SM PA operating at 3.5 GHz in the presence of orthogonal-frequency-division-multiplexing (OFDM)-like high-peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) modulated signals with 10- and 20-MHz bandwidths (BWs).
Mengozzi M.; Angelotti A.M.; Gibiino G.P.; Florian C.; Santarelli A.
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