Mixture of Experts Approach for Piecewise Modeling and Linearization of RF Power Amplifiers

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Abstract

Piecewise behavioral models are commonly adopted for modeling and linearization of RF power amplifiers (PAs) that exhibit strong amplitude-dependent nonlinear distortion characteristics, as global polynomial approximations tend to underperform in such scenarios. In this article, we consider a new piecewise model for PAs based on the mixture of experts (ME) approach, which builds on a probabilistic model that allows the different submodels to cooperate--as opposed to operating in an independent fashion that is commonly the case in existing reference methods. We first introduce the ME framework theory while also extend it such that it can be applied to model complex baseband signals and nonlinearities. Then, we show how the ME model allows overcoming some of the intrinsic shortcomings that existing piecewise behavioral models commonly exhibit, which translates into improved modeling accuracy and improved linearization performance. Furthermore, the extension of the ME approach to a tree-structured regression model, referred to as the hierarchical ME model, is also introduced and shown to provide further performance improvements over the basic ME approach. The proposed solutions are validated with extensive RF measurements, covering both PA direct modeling and digital predistortion (DPD)-based linearization, on a gallium nitride (GaN) load-modulated balanced PA, on a GaN Doherty PA, and on a class AB GaN high electron mobility transistor PA, while being compared against several state-of-the-art piecewise methods. The results demonstrate that the ME framework-based models outperform the state of the art.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-391
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Volume70
Issue number1
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • 5G New Radio (NR)
  • Behavioral modeling
  • Context modeling
  • Data models
  • digital predistortion (DPD)
  • Hidden Markov models
  • Load modeling
  • mixture of experts (ME)
  • nonlinear distortion
  • piecewise models
  • power amplifiers (PAs).
  • Predistortion
  • Probabilistic logic
  • Radio frequency

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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