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Project: Generalized Linear Amplification with Nonlinear Components for Power and Spectral Efficient Broadband Wireless Systems

Acronym: GLANCES
Main Objective: Broadband wireless systems require high power and spectral efficiencies, and transmission over severely time-dispersive channels. Developing on the concept of Linear Amplification with Non- Linear Components (LINC), the main technical objective of the project is to design, implement and validate a new set of digital transmission techniques with high power and spectral efficiency for future wireless broadband systems to be employed in the uplink of mobile systems or in satellite communications.
Our main goal is to design signals with low Peak-to-Average Power Ratio (PAPR) or even quasi-constant envelope and high spectral efficiency, employing amplification techniques based on low- cost, highly efficient grossly NonLinear (NL) amplifiers (e.g., class D and E amplifiers), which are simpler and have higher amplification and output power then quasi-linear amplifiers. Since a grossly NL amplifier is only suitable for signals with quasi-constant envelope, we will develop new signal designs and/or transmission techniques compatible with grossly NL amplifiers.
This research project combines theoretical development (including signal and receiver design), CMOS implementation of key components (with emphasis on matched amplifiers and output power combination with minimum losses) and FPGA-based implementation for an overall system’s proof of concept, for the most promising techniques.
Reference: P01229
Funding: IT/LA
Start Date: 01-04-2014
End Date: 01-04-2016
Team: Marco Alexandre Cravo Gomes, Rui Miguel Henriques Dias Morgado Dinis, Vitor Manuel Mendes Silva, Francisco António Bucho Cercas, Paulo Miguel de Araújo Borges Montezuma de Carvalho, Luís Oliveira, João Oliveira
Groups: Multimedia Signal Processing – Co, Radio Systems – Lx
Local Coordinator: Marco Alexandre Cravo Gomes
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