The rapidly evolving trend for increased data rates in today’s and future cellular communication systems poses extreme difficulties for developers of cellular transceivers. A multitude of standards ranging from legacy 2G to the upcoming, yet to be defined, 5G needs to be supported across a broad but fragmented frequency spectrum. Higher data throughput necessitates higher bandwidths, increased number of aggregated carriers, and more complex of modulation schemes. Capable transmitters must exhibit highest in-band performance, e.g. linearity and error vector magnitude. Simultaneously, out-of-band performance, like noise and spurious emissions, is crucial to co-exist with other wireless channels, such as the transceiver’s receivers and other participants. While a “more of everything” is expected, competitive solutions for the wireless market require a constant decrease in silicon area, bill of materials, and especially power consumption. This paper presents the evolution of integrated transmitter architectures facing the above challenges: From conventional analog direct conversion transmitters to fully-digital direct modulation RF transmitters, challenges and benefits are highlighted, presenting modern architectures that benefit from the most advanced technology nodes while supporting upcoming 5G cellular wireless communications.
|Translated title of the contribution||Fully-digital transmitter architectures and circuits for the next generation of wireless communications|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering